Age: 52 Years
Marital Status: Married
Hometown: Surat, Gujarat
Some lesser known facts about Aakar Patel
- Aakar Patel is an Indian journalist, activist and author, best known for writing columns against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Narendra Modi.
- He began his journalism career after joining the Asian Age as a trainee sub-editor. Within a year, he became the editor of the Mumbai edition of Asian Age. Later, he worked with Deccan Chronicle and Dorling Kindersley.
- He has worked as Deputy Editor of Deccan Chronicle and Editor-in-Chief of Mid Day Multimedia Limited. He has also co-authored the ‘Rights and Wrong’ report on the 2002 Gujarat riots.
- After working as a journalist in Mumbai, he returned to Surat and started working as editor-in-chief of the Gujarati newspaper Divya Bhaskar.
- In 2014, he translated Saadat Hasan Manto’s book ‘Why I Right’.
- He was appointed as the head of the Indian chapter of Amnesty International India in 2015. After joining Amnesty International, the organization said,
We are glad that Aakar Patel will join us. Amnesty International is one of the three national offices of the India movement, set up to increase our influence in countries with growing global influence that continue to face human rights challenges. The shaped commitment to human rights in her journalism and writing has set her well to play this important role.”
- Since then, he has been writing columns against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Narendra Modi. People of BJP call him anti-national. The organization was raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Enforcement Directorate while he was working at Amnesty.
- In 2016, Amnesty International India was booked under Section 124-A and also called a traitor by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Amidst the controversy, Aakar was considered by many to be a Muslim as they claimed that his name was Aakar Ahmed Patel.
- In an interview, Aakar said that he came to know about the discontent in 2017 after going to one of the protests against the death of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
- In 2021 he wrote a book ‘Hamara Hindu Rashtra’, in which he compared India and Pakistan and also talked about the views of the media. He wrote another book in the same year titled ‘The Price of Modi Years’ in which he talked about Modi’s re-election, Modi’s magnetism and Modi’s management.
- Reportedly, he had a Muslim girlfriend and when he told his mother about his girlfriend, his mother threatened to hang him.
- Aakar knows how to read and write in Urdu language.