M J Akbar

The writer is national spokesperson of the BJP.

For the Record: For an Islamic modernity
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Freedom, knowledge and gender equality have to be its pillars.

Diary Item: Abandoning a kingdom
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

In football, the English miss the goalposts. In European politics, they miss the point.

Diary Item: The Spartacus of America
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Mohammad Ali delighted in the fact that he was beautiful both in his art as well as in his perfectly sculpted body

Comrade Sitaram Yechury’s historic blunder
Sat, May 21, 2016

CPI went into terminal decline when it compromised with the Congress in 1969-1970. In 2016, CPM is being destroyed because it abandoned principle in search of a cheap return ticket to power.

Diary Item: Tales from the battlefront
Fri, May 20, 2016

Men such as Arjan Singh faced death in combat, and death retreated.

The Indian is no longer alone
Fri, May 06, 2016

If grief and anger unite us, so does, when such occasion arises, relief

Diary item: When it’s better to be loved and lost
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

The great charm of a used book section is rummage, since you don’t know what to expect

Diary item: The birth defect of this century
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

The most effective ally of terrorism is complacency

Diary Item: Cricket and Benglish in Dhaka
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

As a captain, Dhoni has matured into half-tailor, half-doctor.

Diary Item: Loathie Garden on Twitter
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

It lacks editing, the basic requirement of communication. But robots could be doing this soon.

Wisdom in the fog
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Trade, political kinship between Arab and Indian worlds has bred an extraordinary lore of legend

Diary item: Bengal’s Burdwan break
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

This town, with a hint of Punjab and a signature sweet, boasts a calm university campus.

Diary item: Prediction time
Fri, Jan 01, 2016

But be careful before you celebrate a rosy prediction. The astrologer is always right, but sometimes regrettably so

Diary item: A trip to Matintoli where the government, if visible, walks on tiptoe
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Unsurprisingly, the district has the largest migration of young men and women, seeking a solution to despair at any price.

Diary item: Marriage, like democracy
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

The wooing and winning exhilarates, the tough bit comes later

What Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar won’t say
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Why couldn’t Dr Singh visit Pakistan? Why did UPA policy not deliver when he, Khurshid were in charge?

Diary item: Rediscovery of Olga Gray
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

Good old-fashioned escapist literature beckons. It’s that time of the year

The hope theory
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Why television doesn’t show the crowds — or their absence — at Rahul Gandhi’s Bihar rallies

Diary item: Shanghai ki angdai
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

The new ism in the city is nationalism.

Diary Item: Malgudi days are over
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

The Big City measures merit by manic ambition, morality by money.

Chandragupta Maurya’s smart city
Fri, Sep 18, 2015

How Patna suffers from dull indifference, and every Bihari is a social historian in his spare time.

Diary Item: Platform tourism in Calcutta
Fri, Sep 04, 2015

Any Indian railway station is heartland of the middle class.

The citizen’s real questions
Tue, Jun 02, 2015

Statistics and facts give the lie to P. Chidambaram’s ‘anecdotal evidence’ and stray remarks. If inflation had not fallen, and corruption continued, they would have figured at the top of his column.

The foundation has been laid
Tue, May 19, 2015

It is always the most difficult part of construction. Much has been done. Much more remains to be done.