Author Archives: M J Akbar


M J Akbar

What’s in a name?

Quite a lot, actually   A name is a tricky thing. You never know when you might have to live up to it. Political parties, wisely, choose to be safe rather than


M J Akbar

Hell on earth

Money does buy everything, including murder     Murder becomes hypnotic when it is pure evil. We stare at it compulsively, obsessively, with limitless appetite. A psychoanalyst would be able to suggest


M J Akbar

ISIS is a common threat

We know that we cannot be indifferent to this mortal danger   When India reassumes its engagement with successor states of the Safavid, Ottoman and European empires to its west up to


M J Akbar

Bhujangi Bhaijaan

In political calculus, the Laloo Yadav brand has also withered Anything as witty as an Amul butter advertising campaign must be taken seriously, despite its use of that rhetorical nuisance called a


M J Akbar

1975: A state of terror

The truth is more grey than rosy   Emergency, imposed this week forty years ago by Mrs Indira Gandhi, was an evil with multiple fangs. The pivot was dictatorship. Its radials, with


M J Akbar

Yoga in my family

Political parties, in any case, should have the sense to keep a sharp eye on public opinion   My father-in-law, Joseph John, son of a high priest in the Syrian Christian church,


M J Akbar

Poison on menu at wedding feast

The shotgun wedding between Nitish Kumar and Laloo Yadav reaffirms the Shavian adage: some marriages need a prenuptial divorce clause   Marriage, noted George Bernard Shaw, the finest playwright in English since


M J Akbar

Need and greed

Destroying sports   For most of the 20th century, the game to watch was football, if you could get a ticket. The game to hear was cricket, if you had a radio.


M J Akbar

Challenge, change and some hope

Seizing the opportunity   Dr Henry Kissinger, master of international relations and lifetime student of its practice, writes that the long-serving Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union, Andrei Kosygin, would spend an


M J Akbar

A lion in the room

The challenge before the next Cameron administration is enormous     Every election shifts politics. It takes an unusual one to alter geopolitics. Britain became, in the first week of May, a


M J Akbar

Law, outlaw and brother-in-law

Kejriwal’s rise to power   A perplexed question: Through which kink in our Freudian sub-strand has “saala” become a vituperative pejorative across the Indian subcontinent? We may be divided by caste, creed,

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