Stories for: M.J. Akbar

The last laugh

This is the first time that a national party’s campaign has stepped into that erogenous zone of politics called wit.

Anger and amnesia

After nearly four decades we have a politician who has promised to send Indian journalists to jail in large numbers.

Running on empty

DONALD Rumsfeld, who was America’s defence secretary during the Iraq war, pointed out that you fight with the army...

US smells the saffron

THE news item flickered warily somewhere in the middle of NBC’s morning bulletin on Friday. A dead man had come...

The 29th state

THERE will be a 30th state in the Union of India. The 29th, Telangana, is not the last post in the reorganisation of...

Kejriwal’s 49 days

ARVIND Kejriwal could not stand the heat so he got out of the kitchen. As a means of self-preservation, this is...

The political calculus

WHY, and when, does a politician defect? The simplistic, but not all that simple, answer is money. We have good...

In Pawar’s shadow

BETWEEN a story and the reason for it, there often falls a shadow. The news item, published in a Marathi newspaper,...

All who watch

EVERY electorate may or may not get the government it deserves. Voters can fall for a bluff: if they did not believe...

Not a firecracker godown

ANY political party that rises from street turmoil must of necessity reflect the varied character of its origins....

Axis of the heart

NOSTALGIA is not very good news for the nostalgic. The elegy of age lies a layer below the surface, trying hard but...

Axis of the heart

NOSTALGIA is not very good news for the nostalgic. The elegy of age lies a layer below the surface, trying hard but...

Dr Singh’s retirement

THE one person who does not seem unduly bothered about what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will do once he fades into...

Good riddance, 2013

THE sense of an ending — a phrase borrowed from the title of Julian Barnes’ moving book — inevitably breeds...

Unilateral world

WHEN the incredible litany of silly reasons for great events is written, top billing must surely go to this ...

View from Delhi: Post-poll lessons for winners and whiners

In the great toss-up between perception and evidence, the former generally wins. Conventional wisdom, for instance,...

The law must be wise

NO penalty points if you have never heard of a certain Henry Glapthorn. After all, he lived some three and a half...

Disciples of a deeper faith

IS Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron an unabashed hypocrite, or is he merely another Conservative politician?...

Picture of possibilities

THE yin and yang of the current fighting season in Indian democracy is at eye level, but perhaps just below the ...

Let memories begin

SACHIN Tendulkar was 10 years old when in 1983 Indian cricket suddenly, even inexplicably, turned into a sky-bound...

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