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M J Akbar

Pythagoras has met Einstein

What next? As an enquiry, science has generally left me perplexed. During first encounters in school physics was a bit of blank and chemistry intriguing only when it lit a few flames.


M J Akbar

American politics

What on earth is happening in the land of the free capitalist and the home of the brave citizen?   Wonders, we have been told more than once, will never cease, but


M J Akbar

The revenge of the samosa

It adds significant collateral damage to the reputation of Nitish Kumar   There is no retribution harsher in politics than the revenge of the samosa. Every politician knows this much. The surprise


M J Akbar

At odds with ends

Power without democracy is insanity   A curious role reversal seized Parliament for much of last year, resulting in apoplectic fits that bode ill for the health of the institution. It is


M J Akbar

A cloudburst out of thin air

A mindset trapped in prejudice   Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s outburst against the Union government after CBI raided the offices of a member of his personal staff can be placed in


M J Akbar

Bluff is not course correction

Vendetta politics   The bizarre is not as distant from our political discourse as we might wish it to be. There are times, however, when a party’s defense-offense explanation becomes so overstretched


M J Akbar

The fog of opinion polls

Do elections in one state have to stretch into months?   May I make a fervent plea to the Election Commission for some immediate electoral reform? This prayer is placed before the


M J Akbar

Selfie meets helfie

The rise and triumph of demtech   How many elections has the mobile phone witnessed? It began to come into its own about a decade ago, when inexpensive calls and SMS expanded


M J Akbar

The use of strategic silence

Censorship is unethical, illegal and unworkable   The relationship between government and media is surely the most tempestuous fact of any democracy. The two represent parallel poles of power, but they are

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