M J AKBAR  
 


 MJ Biography | Siege within column | MJ Voice on the Web | Praise for Books |  Letters to MJ | MJ Photo Gallery | MJ Quotes

 

BIOGRAPHY : MOBASSHAR JAVED AKBAR (MJ)

Date of Birth: 11 January 1951 (Capricorn)
Education:
Calcutta Boys’ School |Presidency College, Calcutta
Bachelor of Arts: English (Honours): 1967-1970

Joined the Times of India in 1971 as a trainee. Within a few months moved to the Illustrated Weekly of India, then India’s largest selling magazine, as sub-editor  and feature writer, and contributed a prolific number of stories.  In the Weekly till 1973, when he was named editor of the news fortnightly, ONLOOKER, owned by the Free Press Journal Group in Mumbai.

In 1976 moved to Calcutta to join the Ananda Bazar  Patrika Group as editor of  SUNDAY, India's first genuine political weekly. Within just three years of its launch, the investigative reporting pioneered by the magazine established its national circulation and number one position. The magazine took an uncompromising stand against the Emergency, and fought press censorship and dictatorship. SUNDAY not only established major trends in journalism but also spawned a new generation of journalists in the country

1982: After the success of Sunday, launched what would be called India’s first modern newspaper. Conceived, designed and edited the daily newspaper, THE TELEGRAPH, which had a major impact on newspaper journalism in India.

 1989: Left journalism for a brief stint in politics. Contested the general elections of 1989 from Kishanganj in Bihar on the Congress ticket, and despite the fact that the Congress was wiped out from the political map of the state, won his seat. Served in Lok Sabha (Parliament) from 1989 and 1991

1991: Joined Government as advisor in the Ministry of Human Resources, and helped policy planning in the key areas of education, the National Literacy Mission and protection of heritage.

1992: Resigned from government, and left politics in December 1992. Returned to journalism and full time writing. In 1993 started  a new media company with the aim of creating India’s first newspaper that would not only include an international focus within its editorial range, but also be the first Indian daily with an international edition.

1994: This newspaper appeared in February.  
THE ASIAN AGE
, India’s first global newspaper, was launched with initial editions in Delhi, Bombay, and London, and has now grown, in collaboration with the Deccan Chronicle, to eight editions, into a major media presence nationally and internationally.  In 2004, the group began publishing THE INTERNATIONAL HEARLD TRIBUNE in India, and became a publishing partner of THE NEW YORK TIMES. Also Editor-in-Chief of the DECCAN  CHRONICLE.

2008: Launched "COVERT" in mid May - A Fortnightly Political Magazine: An MJP Venture, M J Akbar as Chairman & Director, Covert Magazine

Ram Jethmalani JOINS COVERT MAGAZINE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD IN NOVEMBER 2009

THE SUNDAY GUARDIAN : M J Akbar Launched The Sunday Guardian in Delhi on 31st January 2010 (Sunday).

DELHI'S ONLY SUNDAY NEWSPAPER
Published simultaneously in Delhi and London BY M J AKBAR
THE SUNDAY GUARDIAN WEBSITE - CLICK TO READ
 

INDIA TODAY & HEADLINES TODAY : M J Akbar APPOINTED ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 :

MJ Akbar has been appointed as the Editorial Director of India Today - English and International editions.

 

Editorial Director of the Headlines Today Television channel

 

DELHI'S ONLY
SUNDAY NEWSPAPER by M J Akbar
Published simultaneously in Delhi and London


40 pages | Rs. 3/- To get a copy, Ask News Agent or Buy from Stands

THE SUNDAY GUARDIAN WEBSITE - CLICK TO READ


A Fortnightly Political Magazine

www.covertmagazine.com - Discontinued.
MJ Akbar Column Archive from Covert
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
M J Akbar at Wiki
Ads:

BOOKS BY M J AKBAR

CLICK FOR M J AKBAR'S BOOKS - BUY, GIFT OR SEND REVIEWS...

ACCLAIM FOR BOOKS

Acclaim for Blood Brothers  

“A skillfully crafted family saga down three generations packed with information of events in the country and the world, particularly changing Hindu-Muslim relations.  It could be a textbook on how to write, mix fact, fiction and history. It is beautifully written; it deserves to be in Category A1.”

Khushwant Singh, Author & Historian

“I enjoyed M.J. Akbar’s Blood Brothers (as though it were) my own biography… it is an exquisitely written narrative to truth disguised in fiction and ends on a note that is deeply moving and unforgettable.”

Sunil Gangopadhyay, Pre-eminent Bengali novelist

  “M.J. Akbar’s Blood Brothers is a marvelous work of history in the form of a deeply engaging story of a Muslim family in Bengal.  The exploration of the complex interface between Muslims and Hindus over the last 150 years has the freshness of a first-person experience which it actually is.  A work of considerable charm, grace and insight.  A worthy companion to his earlier book Shade of Swords on the Islam/West encounter.”

Shyam Benegal, Renowned Film-maker

The AUTHOR: MJ Akbar

MJ AKBAR's first book, which was published by Penguin in London in 1984, created a sensation in both general and academic circles because of the strength of its documented analysis and argument. India: The Siege Within, Challenges to a Nation's Unity won excellent notices internationally, and became a staple of university courses on South Asia. It was also unique in that it accurately predicted where the next round of secessionist violence would come, in Punjab and Kashmir, and put these movements both in a historical as well as immediate context. No book by an Indian author on politics has had quite the impact that the author’s first book had. A sample of the reviews with tell their own story.  

  MJ IN DIFFERENT MOODS (PHOTO GALLERY)
 

Photo gallery

 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Book Recommendations

 

Join Columnists & MJ FANS
Add to Wall Posts | Debate | Discuss


View Ilaxi Patel's profile on LinkedInJoin  LinkedIn Groups Discussion Board
Join LinkedIn Covert Group

eBylines | Feed Reads

Subscribe to MJ Akbar's Bylines

 

 

 

 
Copyright © MJAkbar 2009 - All rights reserved. | MJ Biography | Home

Post your comments on Bylines Posts or Send your Email comments, concerns or book recommendations.Anything you wish to communicate to MJ Akbar.  He doesn't always have the opportunity to reply to everything, but he certainly reads it all! 
(E-mails Without Attachments, please!)
M J Akbar
 
E-MAIL: mjakbar@mjakbar.org / ilaxi@mjakbar.org
Did you like this Blog of MJ Akbar? Send
me your comments, suggestions, etc. Bouquets or Brickbats please:-)

 

M.J. AKBAR'S BLOG : Edited & Brought to You By Ilaxi Patel 
(VA & Official Blogger to MJ)
Editor, Kidsfreesouls.com - Newspaper for Kids with Resources for Parents & Teachers

Started on September 28, 2004. We are Thankful to our Readers, supporters and well wishers
Best viewed in 1024 by 768 Screen Resolution