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Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel | It’s wrong to say Indians have right to choose faith

In 2003, under Narendra Modi, Gujarat passed a law that essentially removed all freedom of religion for Gujaratis

13 Apr 2021 1:21 AM

Aakar Patel | India headed in wrong direction: Is it too late to correct course?

We have become as much of a religious state as Pakistan and this is a fact

30 Mar 2021 1:16 AM

Aakar Patel | The ‘unreality’ of India today: Nothing makes sense any more

The second wave of Covid-19 had begun at the end of February, so the question is why spectators were allowed into the Narendra Modi Stadium

23 Mar 2021 7:55 AM

Aakar Patel | BJP has never spelt out what ‘parivartan’ it hopes to bring

The Jan Sangh said that it would repeal preventive detention laws which it said were absolutely in contradiction to individual liberty

16 Mar 2021 4:14 AM

Aakar Patel | India’s image in free fall, but govt in denial on real causes

The fact is that we do very well on political rights, and in fact the government gets 3/4 on transparency, which is hardly accurate

09 Mar 2021 11:28 AM


Aakar Patel | As democracy endangered, India’s global reputation hit

The Indian government today does not care what it does to Indians as long as it can continue on its path

02 Mar 2021 10:35 AM

Aakar Patel | Who’s to blame for Rs 100 petrol: Nehru, Indira or Modi Sarkar?

India’s consumers pay the highest rate of tax on the petrol and diesel that they consume

23 Feb 2021 4:13 AM

Aakar Patel | Vital areas in kids’ health left ignored in Budget 2021

Poshan Abhiyan, the flagship programme meant to improve nutritional outcomes by 2022, was also damaged

16 Feb 2021 7:27 AM

Aakar Patel | Democracy Index: Why India’s rank now falling

India has fallen from a global ranking of 27 in 2015 to 53 in 2020

09 Feb 2021 4:04 AM

Aakar Patel | Modi’s eighth Budget looms, there’s still no ‘grand vision’

Unemployment has naturally followed the opposite trajectory, going from about 4% before Modi became PM to 6% and then to 9%

31 Jan 2021 12:37 AM


Aakar Patel | Growth is just not picking up, but no end to triumphalism

We have entered the 13th consecutive quarter of economic slowdown in India

26 Jan 2021 12:05 AM

Aakar Patel | Nehru a model of modernity… Why his vision & legacy endures

The problem is that nobody in the world of Hindutva has any vision — good, bad or indifferent — when compared to Nehru

19 Jan 2021 6:49 AM

Aakar Patel | On Republic Day, time to reclaim our basic rights

None of the rights and liberties that the Constitution saw initially as being “fundamental” are present in the original form today

12 Jan 2021 10:50 AM

Aakar Patel | Fragile Index shows India is headed into a scary future

India’s economic growth has slowed, declining to its lowest nominal level since 1978

05 Jan 2021 4:25 AM

Aakar Patel | Farmers won’t put trust in PM, dharna unlikely to be over soon

Agriculture exports fell from $43 billion in 2013, before Mr Modi, to $38 billion last year

29 Dec 2020 4:35 AM


Aakar Patel | ‘Time bombs’ ticking in the Constitution are a worry

The Constitution is a terrific document, but it is also one that has suppressed the Hindu majoritarian sentiment

22 Dec 2020 7:05 AM

Aakar Patel | Modi govt’s real eco strategy: To let Big Biz grow & forget the rest

'Atma Nirbhar' privileges the industrialist over the consumer, but that is not the way that it is advertised

15 Dec 2020 8:54 AM

Aakar Patel | Will Centre be forced to give in to the farmers?

Notice the similarities between the farmers’ movement and the protests across the country against the citizenship amendment laws

08 Dec 2020 8:39 AM

Aakar Patel | Looking at the future in fear as economy goes into ‘de-growth’

India’s economy has contracted for six months since Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the harshest lockdown in the world

01 Dec 2020 10:07 AM

Aakar Patel | From testing to travel, India’s Covid handling process is faulty

A report from Bloomberg this week said that questionable testing in India could be the reason why our Covid-19 numbers were down

24 Nov 2020 12:01 AM