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M.J. Akbar

The last laugh

The last laugh

This is the first time that a national party’s campaign has stepped into that erogenous zone of politics called wit. Updated Apr 11, 2014 01:47pm
Anger and amnesia

Anger and amnesia

After nearly four decades we have a politician who has promised to send Indian journalists to jail in large numbers. Updated Apr 11, 2014 01:49pm

Running on empty

DONALD Rumsfeld, who was America’s defence secretary during the Iraq war, pointed out that you fight with the army... Published Mar 09, 2014 08:45am

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... Published Mar 02, 2014 07:19am

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... Published Feb 23, 2014 08:17am

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... Published Feb 16, 2014 08:15am

The political calculus

WHY, and when, does a politician defect? The simplistic, but not all that simple, answer is money. We have good... Published Feb 09, 2014 07:42am

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,... Published Feb 02, 2014 08:06am

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... Published Jan 26, 2014 07:40am

Not a firecracker godown

ANY political party that rises from street turmoil must of necessity reflect the varied character of its origins.... Published Jan 19, 2014 07:57am

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... Published Jan 12, 2014 09:48am

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... Published Jan 12, 2014 07:42am

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... Published Jan 05, 2014 07:33am

Good riddance, 2013

THE sense of an ending — a phrase borrowed from the title of Julian Barnes’ moving book — inevitably breeds... Published Dec 29, 2013 08:10am

Unilateral world

WHEN the incredible litany of silly reasons for great events is written, top billing must surely go to this ... Published Dec 22, 2013 08:04am

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... Published Dec 15, 2013 08:38am

Disciples of a deeper faith

IS Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron an unabashed hypocrite, or is he merely another Conservative politician?... Published Dec 08, 2013 08:22am

Picture of possibilities

THE yin and yang of the current fighting season in Indian democracy is at eye level, but perhaps just below the ... Published Dec 01, 2013 08:57am

Let memories begin

SACHIN Tendulkar was 10 years old when in 1983 Indian cricket suddenly, even inexplicably, turned into a sky-bound... Updated Nov 24, 2013 10:08am