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A Mirror to Power: Notes on a Fractured Decade

M.J. Akbar (Author)

A brilliant collection of essays on the changing social, economic and political landscapes of India and the subcontinent by one of the country’s most-respected journalists A Mirror to Power is the subcontinent according to M.J. Akbar. Featured here are the heroes, villains and fence-sitters of the past decade and the events that they have been part of, in a grand parade of observation, analysis and comment.

Starting from the turn of the century, the book covers the political and social dilemmas that underlie the period. Most political parties and groupings are included, as are their leaders, like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Dr Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul, L.K. Advani, Narendra Modi and, for comparison, the towering Nehru and Jinnah of a past era, and the problematic issues that disfigure, like varicose veins, the system’s functioning – corruption, terrorism, delayed justice, a slow governance, insensitivity to the deprived… Alongside is a marvellous miscellany of pieces on subjects from cricket, film stars, reading and the fads and foibles of the rich and famous. Written in Akbar’s inimitable, elegant style, this is a collection that offers the best guide to a transforming decade.

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About the author

M.J. Akbar

M.J. Akbar, founder and editor-in-chief of The Asian Age, a multi-edition daily newspaper, and the Deccan Chronicle is a leading journalist and author. After successfully launching and establishing a weekly newsmagazine, Sunday, and a daily newspaper, The Telegraph, in the 70s and 80s, he briefly interrupted his career in journalism to enter politics in November 1989 as an elected representative in Parliament. He returned to writing and editing in 1993. His last book, The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict Between Islam & Christianity, has gone into several editions, and has also been successfully published in the UK and US. His biography of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nehru: The Making of a Nation, is a classic that remains in print more than a decade after it was first published, as does his analysis of the India-Pakistan conflict in Kashmir, Kashmir: Behind the Vale. His other books include India: The Seige Within, Riot After Riot, and a collection of his articles, Byline.

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Title A Mirror to Power: Notes on a Fractured Decade
Author M.J. Akbar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.03.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789350296837
length xiv+310p., 25cm.
Subjects History