05 December, 2020

M.J. Akbar

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M.J. Akbar

What is the world coming to? Here I am, India’s most well-known columnist, announcing my decision to join India’s most well-known political party, the BJP, and help out in the campaign of Narendraji Modiji, father of Gujarat’s development and the future of India. and how does the wretched Indian media report it? A couple of small paragraphs. No wonder the media is perceived as anti-BJP. But beware Indian media, good ol’ MJ has entered the battlefield to dispel all doubts about a glorious Modi triumph. I knew this was going to happen. Why then did my beloved hero, Khushwant Singh, appear in my dreams and utter the prophetic words, “MJ, don’t forget there is a tide in the affairs of man which taken at the flood.... Of course, there are no floods now...but remember NaMo has arrived...jump on to his bandwagon, and you’ll go places.”

How could I ignore such a message from someone who knew so much about bandwagons? Hadn’t I propagated the need for development? My much-appreciated columns alw­ays mentioned development and...



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