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Aakar Patel

Author, Columnist & ED, Amnesty International India

English and its influence on our national priorities

We are the only major nation whose elite speaks a foreign language as their primary medium. How has this affected the way in which this nation determines and acts on its priorities? An exploration.

About Aakar Patel

Aakar is best known as a writer, columnist and broadcaster.

His non-fiction work includes: ‘India: Low Trust Society’ (2015) and he co-authored ‘Rights and Wrongs’, a report on the 2002 Gujarat riots.

As a journalist, Aakar served as Deputy Editor of the Deccan Chronicle, as Editor in Chief of Gujarati daily Divya Bhaskar, and as Editor in Chief of Mid Day Multimedia Ltd.

Aakar also founded and managed Hill Road Media services which worked with groups such as UNICEF. More recently, Aakar has been working as a columnist with publications in India and Pakistan. He also does television and radio work as an independent expert.