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Why we vote the way we do

'What aspect of the air strikes would make it possible for a voter to change her mind?' asks Aakar Patel. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com The Indian attack on Pakistan is being bandied......

What are Modi-Shah's plans for Lok Sabha polls?

'The party will keep to the script that its core supporter understands: Temples, statues, Muslims and cows,' says Aakar Patel.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com What will be the effect of the......

What each passing year teaches us

We are spectators who have no voice and no power to influence the giant changes being imposed on all of us, says Aakar Patel.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com As we take the final corner on......

Why India fails to extradite Mallya, Modi, Choksi...

'What is the problem in getting the UK to extradite our citizens?' asks Aakar Patel.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com India has proposed nine points to the G20 member nations asking for......

The Swaraj and Sitharaman example

'Two powerful men shaking hands with two powerful women as equals. This photograph made me very happy,' says Aakar Patel.   IMAGE: United States Secretary of Defence James Mattis, US Secretary......

Why do fire extinguishers attract 28% GST?!

'In a nation where safety standards are the lowest in the world, why make compliance expensive?' asks Aakar Patel.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Once again, indirect taxes were lowered on......

Why note ban failure won't affect Modi

'You can accuse him of many things, but one thing you cannot accuse him of is being bad at politics,' says Aakar Patel. Last week, I spoke to a group of students, about 1,000 in a large hall, in a......

Why I salute Azim Premji

'Azim Premji has given away about one-and-a-half lakh crore rupees of his wealth.''Most of us will not even know what that sum actually means.''To put it into context, it can fund India's health......

India in England salutes Test cricket

The England-India series has brought the bowler back into what has been turned into a batsman's game, says Aakar Patel. IMAGE: Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after taking Keaton Jennings's wicket in......

What will we achieve by boycotting Pakistan in World Cup?

'Random displays of anger will end in punishment from the IOC and the loss of points in the World Cup, without achieving what we seek,' says Aakar Patel. IMAGE: India and Pakistan Captains Virat......

Will India feature in the 2022 World Cup?

'Many of us hope that India will soon play well enough to be part of truly global sporting tournaments like the football World Cup and the Olympics,' says Aakar Patel. IMAGE: Never before seen......
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What the Kashmir masterstroke will mean for our soldiers

‘More members of the Indian Armed Forces have died in Kashmir, North East and Naxal areas than in the 1965 and 1971 wars against Pakistan... ...

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'Made on Earth by humans'

‘How will someone who has stood on Mars and looked at Earth, only a tiny blue dot in space, then see the idea of nations and religions and... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/made-on-earth-by-humans/20190801.htm
What Chandrayaan-2 will do for India

'In a part of the world where the government tells people what not to eat and what slogans to shout and not shout, it is beneficial to develop a... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/what-chandrayaan-2-will-do-for-india/20190722.htm
How Congress can redefine party politics

'There is no meritocracy or at least there is none that is visible and transparent.' 'The Congress has two opportunities to change this,' says... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/column/how-congress-can-redefine-party-politics/20190716.htm
Why India has not made a world-beating global invention

'If Indians are as smart as their counterparts in university, and have equal opportunity, then what is the reason that we cannot produce inventions... ...

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