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Discussion and book reading by Mr. MJ Akbar

The India Club, Singapore is proud to present an exclusive discussion and book reading by

MJ Akbar

Date: Friday, 2nd October 2009
Venue: Tanglin Club (Raffles room)
Time: 7pm (Dinner will be served after the talk)
Entrance fee: $40 (free for India Club members).
RSVP: office@indiaclub.org.sg

MJ Akbar is the doyen of Indian journalism, founding editor of The
Telegraph (Calcutta), The Asian Age and Sunday (the pre-eminent
newsmagazine of India in the late-1970s and early-1980s), and most
recently of Covert. He is also the author of such celebrated works as
“Nehru: The Making of India” (1989), “The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the
conflict between Christianity and Islam", “Kashmir: Behind the Vale” and
the well-received historical novel, “Blood Brothers” (the Italian edition
of which was a best-seller in Italy). MJ Akbar has also been a Visiting
Fellow at the Brookings Institution (a leading US think-tank) Project on
US Policy toward the Islamic World since 2006, was the official spokesman
of then-PM Rajiv Gandhi and defied the anti-Cong-I swing in 1989 to be
elected to the Lok Sabha from Kishenganj in Bihar. One of India’s most
perspicacious thinkers, Akbar courageously opposed the Emergency and
remained uncompromising in his stand against dictatorship and censorship.
The ruling party again allegedly played a part last year in ousting him
from The Asian Age (which he had founded), but Akbar’s voice continues to
be heard through numerous columns in most Indian newspapers (including the
Times of India and Pioneer), as well as in his new magazine Covert and on
his blog. It is a great honour to be able to welcome him to Singapore for
this exclusive event.

MJ Akbar Oct 2009

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