Citizens need healthcare more than guns
Citizens need healthcare more than guns

Aakar Patel

Monday, 9 January 2017

I’m writing this from Hertfordshire in England, with a fractured foot. I was bowling when my left foot turned…

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In praise of Modi
In praise of Modi

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 25 December 2016

No leader in India and perhaps no other political figure in any modern democracy could have survived the demonetisation…

Tags: BJP Congress narendra modi

Opposition fails; Rahul proves his incompetence
Opposition fails; Rahul proves his incompetence

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 18 December 2016

We are going through a strange political phase in India. On the one hand, for the first time in…

Tags: Congress Demonetisation narendra modi Rahul Gandhi

Modi has his own style, but will he succeed?
Modi has his own style, but will he succeed?

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 11 December 2016

In April 2014, just before the general election, the man who would become Prime Minister was interviewed at length…

Tags: BJP Demonetisation narendra modi NDA

We need highways, flyovers, airports; not bullet trains
We need highways, flyovers, airports; not bullet trains

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 4 December 2016

I am writing this blog from my family home in Surat, one of India’s oldest and largest cities. Unlike…

Tags: airports bullet trains flyovers highways

Does Modi shoot and aim later?
Does Modi shoot and aim later?

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 27 November 2016

It was said about the French leader Giscard D’estaing that the idea of a European Union thrilled him but…

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Demonetisation will prove if Modi has determination and grip
Demonetisation will prove if Modi has determination and grip

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Two of the things Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would bring to Delhi were decisiveness and governance. He…

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Does Ahmedabad need a bullet train?
Does Ahmedabad need a bullet train?

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 13 November 2016

There are over 200 trains going from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. The first one leaves just after midnight and the…

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India's media woes: What's the future?
India's media woes: What's the future?

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 6 November 2016

The media itself has been in the news in the last few days. First, India’s most popular English journalist…

Tags: arnab goswami India media ndtv woes

Artificial intelligence will soon replace the human mind
Artificial intelligence will soon replace the human mind

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Experts are predicting the coming of something called the technological singularity. In simple terms this refers to two things….

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Automation to cause huge job loss in IT sector
Automation to cause huge job loss in IT sector

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 23 October 2016

There has been some worrying news on the side of the economy which has remained confined to the business…

Tags: Automation IT Sector job loss

What's wrong with triple talaq and polygamy?
What's wrong with triple talaq and polygamy?

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 16 October 2016

India is today under a party with an ideology called Hindutva. This ideology has three demands: The abrogation of…

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When will India become a great power?
When will India become a great power?

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 9 October 2016

We are often told that India had a golden age economically. A time when the subcontinent had a large…

Tags: development GDP Global Power India

The problems with Bollywood
The problems with Bollywood

Aakar Patel

Saturday, 17 September 2016

A few years ago, Bollywood asked for help in financing its movies. At that time banks were not allowed…

Tags: Bollywood filmstars Movies problem

Dowry deaths, media and Bollywood
Dowry deaths, media and Bollywood

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Older readers will remember a time, about 20 years ago, when stories of dowry deaths regularly appeared in newspapers.   These…

Tags: Bollywood dowry death stories dowry deaths Indian cinema industry media

India's unique problem: English or mother tongue?
India's unique problem: English or mother tongue?

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 4 September 2016

The question ‘which language India’s children should be schooled in?’ is not an easy one to answer. Some years…

Tags: BJP english gujarat hindi Mother tongue narendra modi

Demographic dividend or demographic curse?
Demographic dividend or demographic curse?

Aakar Patel

Saturday, 27 August 2016

In four years, India will have the world’s largest population of working people, about 87…

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Ten ways to love India
Ten ways to love India

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 21 August 2016

How many ways can you love your country?   Actually being Indian is the first way, by which I mean holding…

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India at the Olympics: Why we flop
India at the Olympics: Why we flop

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Reading the reports of our flop performance at the Olympics one might think it has come a surprise that…

Tags: 2016 Rio Olympics India Indian at Olympics Indian Olympians Rio Olympic Games

GST: 10% growth dream ends
GST: 10% growth dream ends

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 7 August 2016

India has begun the process of passing what many think is its most important economic reform in two decades….

Tags: BJP Congress Goods and Services Tax Bill GST narendra modi

Sachin, Lata: Our selfish Bharat Ratnas
Sachin, Lata: Our selfish Bharat Ratnas

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Bharat Ratna is India’s highest civilian award. It is a mistake to give it to cricketers and Bollywood…

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Our strange distance from India's conflicts
Our strange distance from India's conflicts

Aakar Patel

Saturday, 16 July 2016

India has three large and long running conflict areas. First, Jammu & Kashmir. Second, the Adivasi belt of central…

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The secret inside the Cabinet expansion
The secret inside the Cabinet expansion

Aakar Patel

Saturday, 9 July 2016

ABP News often asks me to grade ministers on their performance. They send a paragraph or so on the…

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My friend, Union minister MJ Akbar
My friend, Union minister MJ Akbar

Aakar Patel

Saturday, 9 July 2016

MJ Akbar, who was made a minister on Tuesday, is from a time when English editors were national celebrities….

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The 2000 year history behind Brexit
The 2000 year history behind Brexit

Aakar Patel

Saturday, 25 June 2016

The project to make a European Union is the oldest in the world. The British exit from the union…

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Drama in Lucknow: Mulayam transfers assets, retains liabilities
Drama in Lucknow: Mulayam transfers assets, retains liabilities

Kanchan Gupta

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

What was threatening to turn into a fratricidal war similar to the battles at Kurukshetra that pitted kith versus…

Tags: akhilesh yadav lucknow mulayam singh samajwadi party uttar pradesh

It's advantage Akhilesh Yadav in UP 
It's advantage Akhilesh Yadav in UP 

By Sandip Ghose

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Call it a well-scripted drama or a choreographed act, there is no denying that Akhilesh Yadav has pulled off…

Tags: akhilesh yadav cycle

Exclusive! Church stands still on Dalit empowerment
Exclusive! Church stands still on Dalit empowerment

By Sandhya Jain

Monday, 16 January 2017

After decades of denying rampant discrimination against poor and lower caste converts, the Catholic Church has officially concluded that…

Tags: Christianity Dalit Hindu Community Prevention of Atrocities Act

Kohraa
Kohraa

Gautam Chintamani

Monday, 16 January 2017

  This mid-1960s film had everything to redefine the horror genre in Hindi cinema but ended up being a glorious…

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With Barnala's death, mystery over Longowal's assassination dies too
With Barnala's death, mystery over Longowal's assassination dies too

By Rasheed Kidwai

Monday, 16 January 2017

  Former Chief Minister, Union Minister and Governor Surjit Singh Barnala passed away on Saturday carrying many tales and secrets…

Tags: Barnala death Surjit Singh Barnala

It's not Foreign Minister's job to mind Amazon
It's not Foreign Minister's job to mind Amazon

By Aakar Patel

Monday, 16 January 2017

India’s Foreign Minister has apparently recovered national pride after making the world’s largest online retailer bend. What happened was…

Tags: amazon Foreign Minister

Kejriwal as AAP's CM candidate in Punjab?
Kejriwal as AAP's CM candidate in Punjab?

By Sandip Ghose

Thursday, 12 January 2017

This is an age of disruption. And Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is supposed to be the master of…

Tags: AAP CM candidate kejriwal punjab

Will Jaitley Halve Corporate Taxes On February 1?
Will Jaitley Halve Corporate Taxes On February 1?

By Gautam Mukherjee

Monday, 9 January 2017

    Key Indian financial policy inputs have come from a series of highly qualified US-backed World Bank(WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington think-tank/American academia nominees, for over 25 years…

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Citizens need healthcare more than guns
Citizens need healthcare more than guns

Aakar Patel

Monday, 9 January 2017

I’m writing this from Hertfordshire in England, with a fractured foot. I was bowling when my left foot turned…

Tags: aakar patel healthcare healthcare england healthcare india healthcare UK HOSPITALS IN UK

Inkaar
Inkaar

Gautam Chintamani

Monday, 9 January 2017

  This edition of Classic Corner takes a relook at Raj N. Sippy’s Inkaar (1977) that adapted a Japanese original…

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No sign yet of truce in SP as feuding Yadavs refuse to relent
No sign yet of truce in SP as feuding Yadavs refuse to relent

By Rajesh Singh

Monday, 9 January 2017

Feuds in political families happen all the time. We saw that in Andhra Pradesh years ago after NT Rama…

Tags: AIADMK mulayam singh yadav Yadav

Mamata on top as poor strategy hobbles BJP in West Bengal
Mamata on top as poor strategy hobbles BJP in West Bengal

Sandip Ghose

Thursday, 5 January 2017

The BJP’s West Bengal strategy since the 2014 Lok Sabha election would leave even its most ardent supporters and…

Tags: BJP CBI Demonetisation mamata banerjee mulayam singh yadav narendra modi trinamool congress West Bengal

Pakistan will find it hard to play double game with Trump
Pakistan will find it hard to play double game with Trump

Divya Kumar Soti

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election was a bigger jolt for Pakistan than poll pundits who got…

Tags: Donald Trump Pakistan terrorism united states

2016 has been a year of disruptive change
2016 has been a year of disruptive change

Sandip Ghose

Saturday, 31 December 2016

We are exiting 2016 – with one section of the people feeling mauled and battered and a vast majority…

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More than Virat-Ashiwn’s success, 2016 belonged to Team India’s indecisive selection policy
More than Virat-Ashiwn’s success, 2016 belonged to Team India’s indecisive selection policy

GS Vivek

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

No, this isn’t about Modi’s governance; or the 60+ U-turns in a fantasy demonetization series. And certainly not about…

Tags: Ashish Nehra ravichandran ashwin virat kohli yuvraj singh

After demonetisation, will it be lower taxes?
After demonetisation, will it be lower taxes?

Sandip Ghose

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Since his return from Japan in the second week of November, most rallies where Prime Minister Narendra Modi has…

Tags: currency ban Demonetisation narendra modi tax

George Michael is never gonna sing again
George Michael is never gonna sing again

Gautam Chintamani

Monday, 26 December 2016

In the 1990s when George Michael was entangled in a legal spat with Sony music, a case that cost…

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In praise of Modi
In praise of Modi

Aakar Patel

Sunday, 25 December 2016

No leader in India and perhaps no other political figure in any modern democracy could have survived the demonetisation…

Tags: BJP Congress narendra modi

Pataudi clan waits for enemy property law to go
Pataudi clan waits for enemy property law to go

Rasheed Kidwai

Thursday, 22 December 2016

For a record fifth time, an “enemy property” ordinance has been promulgated by Narendra Modi Government, thus week throwing…

Tags: narendra modi Pataudi Taimur Ali Khan

A befikre thought: Is Virat’s team the golden generation?
A befikre thought: Is Virat’s team the golden generation?

GS Vivek

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Virat’s team has dwarfed players of Himalayan reputations. But are they even better than The Originals of this millennium?…

Tags: Befikre cricket England India virat kohli

Investigation: Dealing with many complexities of Uniform Civil Code
Investigation: Dealing with many complexities of Uniform Civil Code

Sandhya Jain

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Allahabad High Court’s comments, declaring triple talaq unconstitutional and violative of the rights of Muslim women, has confounded…

Tags: triple talaq Uniform Civil Code

Congress worries as Rahul plays ducks and drakes
Congress worries as Rahul plays ducks and drakes

Rasheed Kidwai

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

  These are testing times for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.  Tipped to step into Sonia Gandhi’s shoes, he is under…

Tags: Congress Rahul Gandhi

Demonetisation: Once things settle, what will Opposition do?
Demonetisation: Once things settle, what will Opposition do?

Rajesh Singh

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Modi Government’s demonetisation decision has aroused the prospects of two political alignments with different timelines. The…

Tags: Congress Demonetisation lok sabha mulayam singh yadav narendra modi nitish kumar Rashtriya Lok Dal samajwadi party trinamool congress

Demonetisation: Act in hurry, regret at leisure
Demonetisation: Act in hurry, regret at leisure

Virendra Kapoor

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

It is next to impossible that the entire rubbished currency will be replaced by the proposed deadline of December…

Tags: Demonetisation narendra modi

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