M.J. Akbar


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

How can an Italian court murder Indian democracy?

The ancients knew their metaphors. They classified the state of a human mind into four categories, or 'humours', based on bodily fluids: blood, phlegm, melancholy and choler [or bile].

Gandhi, Chakrayya and Ambedkar

In May 1947, Mahatma Gandhi suffered a grievous personal loss. Chakrayya, a young Dalit disciple who had served at Sevagram Ashram since its inception in 1935, died of brain tumour. He was like family; the Mahatma's grief was palpable and public.

The way dynasties end

Success measures capability; a crisis tests an individual's or institution's maturity and resilience. Congress was hit by an explosion in

The ears of Astronomy

As an enquiry, science has generally left me perplexed. During first encounters in school, physics was a bit of blank and chemistry

Congress pays heavy price for GST obduracy

One can hear the silence and visualise jaw-drops in the Congress High Command drawing room at the results of a just released ABP News-Nielsen survey of the national mood. The figures speak for themselves.

At odds with ends

A curious role reversal seized Parliament for much of last year, resulting in apoplectic fits that bode ill for the health of the institution.

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

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

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


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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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.

A lion in the room

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

A premature Prize that has matured

One of the minor mysteries of this teenage century is how a toddler American President managed to win the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2008 after just weeks in office.

A searchlight for a spotlight

WE shall know soon enough which is the champion nation of contemporary one-day cricket.

America, Iran and Iraq: Partners,not friends

STABILITY is an illusion that nations advertise to comfort citizens.