M.J. Akbar

BYLINE

Editor of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, India on Sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, India Today and Headlines Today

December 20, 2015
December 20, 2015

A cloudburst out of thin air

DELHI Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's outburst against the Union government after the CBI raided the offices of a member of his

December 13, 2015
December 13, 2015

Bluff is not course correction

The bizarre is not as distant from our political discourse as we might wish it to be. There are times, however, when a

November 15, 2015
November 15, 2015

The deadly game of alibis

The terrorist assault on cities began in Mumbai: not Mumbai 2008, but Mumbai 1993. A series of coordinated bomb blasts in February

November 9, 2015
November 9, 2015

THE FOG OF OPINION POLLS

Perhaps Congress leaders think that things cannot get any worse after the nadir of 2014. Maybe they should think again. The reason is clear. Congress political tactics this year have floated out of the range of common sense.

October 5, 2015
October 5, 2015

If Left doesn't do God, it should try Godfather

Parties, like individuals, can become bed-ridden for many reasons; many have died an early death because of irrelevance. When an obituary of the Indian Left is written, it will be said that it died of complacency. It was not homicide, really. It was suicide.

August 31, 2015
August 31, 2015

HELL ON EARTH

When dust makes a story, there will be dust storms in the air. It is easy enough to blame media, but the media will travel only so far as public interest takes it. If there were no readers, there would be no story.

August 24, 2015
August 24, 2015

An anxious swivel-point in India-Pak ties

There is some confusion over the precise meaning of “talks” in the context of India and Pakistan. Both sides are committed to what is known as a “composite” dialogue, and this indeed covers all issues, including Kashmir.

June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015

Poison on menu at wedding feast

Marriage, noted George Bernard Shaw, the finest playwright in English since Shakespeare, is an institution that thrives because there are

June 8, 2015
June 8, 2015

Why Bangladesh isn't Pakistan

This week we can bury a misconception that has appropriated the subcontinent's discourse since 1947, when a Muslim League-British project partitioned the land in the name of religion.

May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015

A lion in the room

Political literacy can be determined by a simple measure; whether your mind is open or closed.