articles by Akshaya Mishra

Politics

AAP in turmoil: Kejriwal may have placated Kumar Vishwas but in-house hostilities will continue

For a party with a limited number of leaders to go around with, AAP has just too much distrust.

India

Narendra Modi must fight the mindset that encourages VIP culture, removing red beacons means nothing

Narendra Modi is right. Red beacons are out but that does not mean the end of the VIP culture.

Entertainment

Baahubali 2: SS Rajamouli's epic takes you back to grandma’s lap, innocent times

Like in grandma’s tales, none of the characters in Bahubali remains in the moral grey zone. They are either black or white.

Politics

MCD polls and beyond: Is AAP already a failed political project? It's time for Kejriwal to note

AAP has failed as an ideological project, and a political project as well.

Politics

MCD Election Results 2017: After AAP's defeat, politics of Arvind Kejriwal needs to be questioned

Who is to blame for the situation? It has to be Arvind Kejriwal himself. He is the party supremo, calling the shots in all matters, organisational and political.

India

Chetan Bhagat's book in Delhi University syllabus: Does Five Point Someone qualify as good literature?

Chetan Bhagat has reason to be delighted. His book, Five Point Someone, will soon be part of the English literature syllabus in Delhi University in the Popular Fiction category.

First Cricket News

IPL 2017: RCB's lack of application reared its head in their humiliating defeat to KKR

With IPL 2017 going badly for the RCB, who have lost five of the seven matches so far, Virat Kohli and Co should re-think their approach.

India

Sonu Nigam azaan row: With clerics issuing fatwas at drop of a hat, an introspection is in order for Muslims

A fatwa, like the one against Sonu Nigam, should be treated as an embarrassment to the community and those issuing them should be pulled up.

India

VIP culture: Banning red beacon not enough, Narendra Modi must stop the abuse of public office

Narendra Modi, if he is serious about ending the VIP culture, must come down hard on the covert and overt immunities enjoyed by public functionaries of all hues.

Entertainment

In support of Sonu Nigam: My right to silence is inviolable; please stop the noise right now

Sonu Nigam has a point. We Indians have a bizarre fascination for loudness and this needs to stop.

Politics

Odisha Assembly election 2019: Naveen Patnaik shifts out of comfort zone as Narendra Modi threat looms large

Thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appears to have realised finally that the laidback approach won’t do any more if he wants his party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) to remain in power after Assembly election in 2019

First Cricket News

IPL 2017: No zing and no flair, what’s wrong with cricket’s rockstars MS Dhoni and Chris Gayle?

Chris Gayle, the man who spread fear among bowlers with his imperious presence at the crease alone, suddenly appears vulnerable in this year's IPL.

Politics

MCD polls 2017: Arvind Kejriwal evokes no anticipation; what a great fall it has been for him

As Delhi heads for the crucial civic polls, the name Arvind Kejriwal evokes no special anticipation, no excitement. That could be a measure of the great fall of the man.

India

Liquor ban: A wholesome ban on alcoholism makes state look weak, totalitarian at best

The state can bring in regulations to manage matters, but by resorting to total bans it only makes apparent its inability to tackle a problem

Politics

Slaughter ban will reduce cow to a zoo animal; RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat should take note

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat wants a ban on cow slaughter across the country

Politics

Yogi Adityanath introduces English from nursery level in schools, delivers tough message to RSS fringe groups

The antipathy of the Sangh for English is well-known. Last year, Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, an RSS-affiliate, in a letter to the Union Human Resource Development, had sought that English be phased out as medium of instruction at all levels.

Politics

MCD Election 2017: It's turning out to be referendum on Arvind Kejriwal rather than a vote on BJP's performance

The election to the municipal corporations in Delhi should be about the performance of the incumbent party in the civic bodies, right? The BJP heads all three corporations and during election time it should be facing tough questions about the generally awful civic affairs in the capital state.

India

Pehlu Khan killed by Rajasthan gau rakshaks: Govts need to condemn vigilante groups in unambiguous terms

If the police manage to find that Pehlu Khan was indeed smuggling cattle, then his killing would be deemed morally justified. So long as the vigilante groups have a reason to attack people, they can do so

Sports

IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore's batting firepower is not enough to win them the trophy

The reason behind Bangalore's trophyless IPL history is the management's muddled thinking. The team has invested too much in batting, allowing the bowling attack to remain consistently weak.

Sports

IPL 2017: No Chris Gayle swagger or buzz, build-up to this season feels like an Indian marriage sans music

Perhaps due injury issues of top Indian players, or fan fatigue after a long season, the build-up to IPL 10 has been spectacularly dull.