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  • 20-Nov-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Beyond a seat at the UN high table

    India wants to be on the Security Council, but it is not clear why

  • 16-Oct-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Confining dissent: Protests won't stop because of court's irritation

    The Supreme Court judgment on Shaheen Bagh reflects how rules can be selectively used to make or break a protest

  • 18-Sep-2020 | Aakar Patel

    What explains the unabated upward trend of India's Covid-19 curve?

    The interesting thing about this virus is that its damage to society, public health and the economy will be recorded not by historians but by journalists and in real time

  • 20-Aug-2020 | Aakar Patel

    A year of hope and change

    There are reasons to be optimistic about civil liberties amid the Covid crisis

  • 23-Jul-2020 | Aakar Patel

    India in the age of contempt

    Are contempt proceedings the best way of protecting the dignity of the court?

  • 09-Jul-2020 | Aakar Patel

    The forgotten promise of India

    Fundamental rights explicitly guaranteed by the Constitution are being casually eroded in the garb of religious freedom laws

  • 26-Jun-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Feeding into the feedback

    The democratisation of social media carries with it the understanding that its users will be responsible. For this reason it is less regulated than print or television media

  • 25-Jun-2020 | Aakar Patel

    The myth of the rational voter

    Conditions exist in India today to test the theory that voters reward performance and punish failure

  • 12-Jun-2020 | Aakar Patel

    The Black Lives Matter protests and the swift change they are triggering

    Remarkably, the protests have had an impact across borders. In the United Kingdom, the statue of a slave trader was uprooted and dumped in the river

  • 12-Jun-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Perils of repressing dissent

    Criminalisation of protests is unsustainable for democracies in the long run. The sooner India realises it, the better

  • 29-May-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Middle age conundrum: The wisdom and the agony of advancing years

    That is what age is. The body doesn't know how to heal itself because you weren't supposed to be here in the first place

  • 28-May-2020 | Aakar Patel

    The next stage of Covid

    India's focus needs to move away from the feel-good metrics about recovery rate to the spike round the corner

  • 20-May-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Twists and turns

    Mr Rybczynski explores the history of the screw and its evolution. Much of this is modern (18th and 19th century) and, therefore, is well documented, including the story of the first company

  • 15-May-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Recording our time in history

    Writing requires experience, and the material to credibly insert into your text, and experience can only come with age

  • 15-May-2020 | Aakar Patel

    A community behind the curve

    With resources more scarce than ever, it is vital the government implemented the Sachar Committee's recommendations in earnest

  • 01-May-2020 | Aakar Patel

    And when the lockdown lifts?

    The assumption from the state is that the citizen will 'misuse' individual liberty and get up to mischief if not threatened or coerced

  • 30-Apr-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Faith and freedom

    US report on religious rights is a moment of truth for India

  • 17-Apr-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Soothsaying for trades

    Nurses will see an increase in pay. Covid-19 has no cure and is essentially treated by nursing. The nurse is as important here as, and possibly more important than, the doctor

  • 16-Apr-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Covid-19 has given Modi an opportunity to wield the power of his popularity

    Our informal economy and Centre-state coordination are helpful factors, but harsh measures could leave a deep impact on society

  • 03-Apr-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Virulent times for the faceless millions, now on the road to uncertainty

    Would we in the upper class place ourselves in the hands of the government in times such as these? And if not, why do we expect that the poor would? The Indian state is weak and lacks capacity

  • 03-Apr-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Upside of a crisis

    Time may be ripe for structural changes that prioritise the poor

  • 20-Mar-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Away from office, on the job

    While there is a reason the siesta happens in the middle of the day but its benefits are not equal for all and some of us cannot sleep in the daylight

  • 20-Mar-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Disjointed affairs of India

    Whether on the issue of Kashmir, COVID or CAA, the government's strategy lacks clarity

  • 06-Mar-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Virus in the works

    For some reason China seems to be the point of origin of a lot of diseases that affect us globally

  • 05-Mar-2020 | Aakar Patel

    Defending the indefensible?

    It is becoming increasingly hard for India to ignore the global antipathy to its majoritarian politics