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Why Modi is HARSH on NGOs

It should stop what it is deliberately doing to the NGO sector and let it operate as freely as the rest of the private sector, asserts Aakar Patel. IMAGE: People wait to receive free food from an......

Why were the BK 16 Arrested?

None of them had anything to do with the violence at Bhima Koregaon, where they were not even present, points out Aakar Patel. IMAGE: A protest in Mumbai, March 26, 2018, to demand action against......

Why is Modi angry with Twitter?

Social media is reflecting a reality that the BJP does not want communicated.More people are saying things on social media that are upsetting the government, asserts Aakar Patel. IMAGE: Prime......

Why did Modi fail to anticipate a second wave?

'We had decided that India was unique and had overcome Covid.''Other nations ordered vaccines on time.''They let their scientists determine whether the battle against the pandemic was won instead......

Is India hiding Covid death numbers?

A person who has Covid but also has another disease can be classified as a Covid death or not.It serves the immediate purpose of the government to pretend that the official number is low because it......

Modi Failed India on the Economy

The government did not tell us why our economy had imploded.The prime minister simply stopped speaking on the subject, Aakar Patel points out. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com   Till......

Modi's Huge Challenge: The Economy

After 24 months of slowdown beginning in January 2018 before the pandemic and then 18 months of collapse since January 2020, we have become the world's worst performing economy, observes Aakar......

What Vikas Yatra is Modi talking about?

A report by the Azim Premji University showed that during the pandemic 270 million Indians were pushed into poverty.Meaning that they were not poor according to the government poverty line before,......

When will Modi cut high taxes on fuels?

The logic of deregulation was that the consumer was protected no matter what the price of crude.But now the reverse has happened. The government is protected no matter what the price of crude,......

India's growth story is over

You can make all the speeches you want, you cannot argue against 39 straight months of slowing, observes Aakar Patel. IMAGE: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a post Budget press......

What's the big deal about Parasite?

'Are we too close as well-off Indians, all with servants and drivers and tuition teachers ourselves, to be able to understand why it is all so awful?', asks Aakar Patel. I saw the movie Parasite......

How boringly good our team has become!

What has changed to make our team so much more lethal, asks Aakar Patel. Photographs: BCCI I was watching bits of the match that India is playing against Bangladesh in Indore. At some point I......

Is he the greatest Marathoner of all time?

Eliud Kipchoge's story is unusual because when he came into competitive running it was not in the marathon.Fortunately for himself and the rest of us, he then turned to the marathon.Aakar Patel......
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