Columnist Aakar Patel to head Amnesty International India
news Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 05:30
Journalist and writer, Aakar Patel, has joined international human rights organization, Amnesty International as its new Executive Director for India and will head Indian operations. Â A columnist and writer, Aakar Patel has worked with many leading media organisations in the country. He has worked as Deputy Editor of the Deccan Chronicle and as Editor in Chief of Mid Day Multimedia Ltd. A Bloomberg profile says, "Patel began at his family-owned textile business in Surat. He switched to journalism, joining the Asian Age as trainee sub-editor. In a year, he was elevated to Editor of the Mumbai edition. He moved to the Deccan Chronicle and thereafter to Dorling Kindersley." Courtesy Mid-Day.com Â He has co-authored 'Rights and Wrongs', a report on the 2002 Gujarat riots.Â "We are delighted that Aakar Patel will be joining us. Amnesty International India is one of the movement's three national offices, set up to increase our impact in countries with growing global influence which continue to face human rights challenges.Â Aakar's commitment to human rights in his journalism and writing positions him perfectly to take on this important role," said Minar Pimple, Senior Director of Global Operations at Amnesty International.Â Aakar Patel really needs no introduction, and is no stranger to controversy either. He writes regularly forÂ Mint LoungeÂ and several other media outlets.Â He is also the author ofÂ Why I Write: Essays by Saadat Hasan Manto. He has a defunctÂ Twitter accountÂ which he hasÂ abandonedÂ because he finds social media â€śoff-putting and not usefulâ€ť. Reading, for him, is a serious affair. When he is not writing aboutÂ Modi in his columns, he gives us muchÂ gyaanÂ on how south Indiaâ€™s urban culture is more intellectual because it is dominated byÂ Brahmins. He has also informed of his borderline hatred forÂ Gujarati men,Â baniyasÂ and Indiaâ€™s erstwhileÂ royals. For some more fun, we direct you to Anand Ranganathanâ€™sÂ long but hilarious takeÂ on Aakar. Amnesty International Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people campaigning to protect human rightsÂ founded in 1961 by London barrister Peter Benenson, after a group of students in Portugal were jailed for raising a toast to freedom. Â
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