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Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel is a writer and columnist. You can e-mail the author at aakar.patel@gmail.com

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Will INDIA's Boycott Change 'Media'?

Will INDIA's Boycott Change 'Media'?

Rediff.com20 Sep 2023

One hopes, though one is not optimistic, that this action to some extent corrects the lunacy which has infected our national media and has damaged our nation, notes Aakar Patel.

Special Session: Even Cabinet Is In The Dark

Special Session: Even Cabinet Is In The Dark

Rediff.com14 Sep 2023

This form of government, where secrets and major decisions are kept from the Cabinet itself, appears to be continuing, which is why the speculation around this special session, asserts Aakar Patel.

How Space Travel Can Unite The World

How Space Travel Can Unite The World

Rediff.com1 Sep 2023

All progress in space should excite us and encourage us to be optimists about a better future for our planet and all of us, asserts Aakar Patel.

The Bizarre Case Of Umar Khalid

The Bizarre Case Of Umar Khalid

Rediff.com17 Aug 2023

Arrested in September 2019 by the Delhi police for making 'provocative statements' when Donald J Trump was on his visit to India, Dr Umar Khalid has now spent three years in jail without being convicted of an offence, points out Aakar Patel.

Modi Set To Push NPR Again?

Modi Set To Push NPR Again?

Rediff.com3 Aug 2023

'The linking of Aadhaar to births and deaths will revive the debate around citizenship.'

Why Modi Avoids Acknowledging Problems

Why Modi Avoids Acknowledging Problems

Rediff.com24 Jul 2023

My followers and devotees will not have to suffer the trauma of seeing me accept that something wrong has happened under my watch, observes Aakar Patel.

Will India Win The New Space Race?

Will India Win The New Space Race?

Rediff.com19 Jul 2023

India is attempting to soft-land a rover on the moon and will attempt, at some point next year hopefully, sending humans into orbit. All of this makes an exciting time for space around the world, notes Aakar Patel.

In Modi's Amritkal, Worrying Decline Of Economy

In Modi's Amritkal, Worrying Decline Of Economy

Rediff.com13 Jul 2023

NITI Aayog has not said what the reasons were for having achieved or not having achieved what was sought to be achieved, or what lessons can be learned for the future, points out Aakar Patel.

Why BK-16 Must Not Be Forgotten

Why BK-16 Must Not Be Forgotten

Rediff.com13 Jun 2023

Bhima Koregaon represents what the government can do in India against well meaning people who speak up against atrocities, who stand up for the weak and the dispossessed and for this reason alone as seen as enemies of the State and kept in prison for as long as the government can manage. So long as the rest of us do not speak up against this misbehaviour by the State, so long as we forget about those who have been made its victims, this behaviour will continue, asserts Aakar Patel.

Will New Parliament Truly Be A Temple Of Democracy?

Will New Parliament Truly Be A Temple Of Democracy?

Rediff.com3 Jun 2023

In constitutional democracies the Opposition is legitimate and part of the legislature. To see it as the enemy and to try and get rid of it through convictions and expulsions is not democratic, asserts Aakar Patel.

Snubbing Bhutto And After

Snubbing Bhutto And After

Rediff.com24 May 2023

Our focus is not on substance, but communicating how we did not shake hands and how we made angry faces. This is what India's foreign policy has become, notes Aakar Patel.

Did Election Jumlas Cost BJP Karnataka Election?

Did Election Jumlas Cost BJP Karnataka Election?

Rediff.com13 May 2023

Given that the BJP made all these moves and that these moves were presumably approved by Modi if not directed by him, who should accept the responsibility for the party's rout? asks Aakar Patel.

India: Vishwaguru Or In Amritkaal?

India: Vishwaguru Or In Amritkaal?

Rediff.com2 May 2023

Happily, it does not require the world to hold a mirror up for us. We can look at ourselves and understand easily if we choose to be honest about where we find ourselves three quarters of a century after Independence, asserts Aakar Patel.

Modi's New Target: Digital Media

Modi's New Target: Digital Media

Rediff.com18 Apr 2023

Particularly the small and independent Web sites that have developed a following in the recent past because the mainstream is seen as totally aligned with the government, points out Aakar Patel.

Will Hindutva Improve India's Future?

Will Hindutva Improve India's Future?

Rediff.com11 Apr 2023

It is a question that his supporters must ask of the prime minister. It may be enjoyable for them to pass through this phase of going after other Indians. But once this has been achieved to satisfaction, then what?, questions Aakar Patel.

Modi 2.0: Setbacks And Failures

Modi 2.0: Setbacks And Failures

Rediff.com30 Mar 2023

Overall, the record of the second term reveals a contradiction between the image and the reality. The image, especially on media and social media, is one of the man at the height of his power, and unstoppable. The reality on governance is someone who has found it difficult to get things implemented and unsure of what to do next, points out Aakar Patel.

Under Modi India's Slide In World Indexes

Under Modi India's Slide In World Indexes

Rediff.com9 Mar 2023

The rhetoric that we are fed daily needs to be measured against performance and the facts. That is not happening, points out Aakar Patel.

The Watchdog That Didn't Bark

The Watchdog That Didn't Bark

Rediff.com24 Feb 2023

In our mystery the watchdog agencies are silent, but it is the market that has barked and has not stopped barking. Till such time as it continues to do so, this headache will not go away, notes Aakar Patel.

What Does This Say About Our Society?

What Does This Say About Our Society?

Rediff.com20 Feb 2023

Not many modern democracies have gone down this path before, setting it upon themselves to use the law and media to target citizens, points out Aakar Patel.

Can Modi Solve India's Economic Woes?

Can Modi Solve India's Economic Woes?

Rediff.com14 Feb 2023

If we wonder why the government is not being held to account for what it promises and does not deliver we must not blame the government. It has no idea how to fix India's difficult problems, argues Aakar Patel.

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