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AAKAR PATEL

Child of Largest NGO

Next year, the world’s largest NGO or non-governmental organisation marks its centenary. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was founded in 1925 at a single shakha in Nagpur and today, according to its website, has over 57,000 daily shakhas across India. RSS says it does not keep...

For The Long Haul

Almost 60 per cent of empanelled IAS officers just got the nod as secretaries and equivalents, and most of them are getting a five-year stint. This is Modi Sarkar’s way of providing long tenures to high-ranking officials so that they can sink their teeth into...

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against what they say is hate speech against Muslims by Hindu leaders, in New Delhi, India, December 27, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Hate Eats Hater

India had to bear with on an average two anti-Moslem hate speech events per day in 2023 and not surprisingly three in every four of those events – or 75 per cent – occurred in states ruled by the BJP. More significantly, the flurry of...

Food Politics

The All India Household Consumption Expenditure Survey 2022-23 report released on 24 February throws up interesting facts and figures about the patterns and preferences of different food items being consumed by rural and urban India. But, its timing and the main drift of the findings...

Fall From Grace

Two of the most prominent names in the Indian startup ecosystem – Paytm and Byju’s – are fighting their biggest battles for survival. While the former has faced regulatory crackdown from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for “persistent non-compliances,” the latter has witnessed erosion...

Aakar Patel

Concerned Citizens

I am writing this from the United States, where I attended an interesting solidarity meeting that I thought I should write about. It was interesting because it combined two struggles — that for secularism in democratic India and against imperialism in occupied Palestine. Hosted by...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with US President Joe Biden (File photo: AP)

Biden & Bibi

The tension between US President Joe Biden and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is growing to the extent that the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas may make even the seemingly impossible possible - the formation of a Palestinian state. In fact, reliable reports suggest...

Crusader of Truth

The name Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, conjures up images of fearless revelations of government wrongdoings of monumental proportions and years of persecution thereafter. He represents the cause of journalism, especially in the digital age, and is looked upon as a hero in various...

Alexei Navalny

Fearless Fighter

The death of Alexei Navalny, the man Vladimir Putin feared the most, is not only mysterious but seems likely to be the end of political dissent in Russia. The fiercest pro-democracy voice in the despotic state has turned silent forever. The 47-year-old, who was serving...

Aakar Patel

Unlawful Funds

India’s electoral bonds scheme has been declared illegal, a rare win in court for those resisting authoritarianism. But many elections including the last general one have been fought on these unlawful funds. It would have been appropriate to have heard and adjudicated on the issue...

 

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