Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel is a Patel is a syndicated columnist and former executive director of Amnesty International India.

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Opinion | How Modi’s India is silencing criticism and failing to uphold the right to free speech

The state has a fondness for laws that are broad and draconian in their ability to detain people, such as laws on sedition and preventive detention. Free speech in India, while apparently guaranteed by the constitution, is in many cases forbidden in practice.

11 Jul 2020 - 12:43PM

The state has a fondness for laws that are broad and draconian in their ability to detain people, such as laws on sedition and preventive detention. Free speech in India, while apparently guaranteed by the constitution, is in many cases forbidden in practice.

How Modi’s India is silencing criticism and failing to uphold the right to free speech
Opinion | Modi’s re-election shows India has abandoned diversity and embraced Hindu-majority rule

The triumphant rise of Modi’s once-obscure party and collapse of the opposition means Muslims have reason to worry – India no longer embraces secularism and diversity.

30 May 2019 - 10:00AM

The triumphant rise of Modi’s once-obscure party and collapse of the opposition means Muslims have reason to worry – India no longer embraces secularism and diversity.

Modi’s re-election shows India has abandoned diversity and embraced Hindu-majority rule
Modi’s theatrics ring hollow to victims of India’s anti-Muslim mobs