oppn parties Chronic Sex Offender MJ Akbar Must Resign, Be Punished

News Snippets

  • Crude prices fall sharply as Saudi Arabia assures normal production in a few weeks. Prices fall by 5.4% to $65.30 per barrel
  • Sensex tumbles 700 points over fears that rising crude prices will deal a body blow to the tottering Indian economy
  • As Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before the CBI despite several notices, the agency forms a special team to locate and apprehend him
  • S Jaishankar says Pakistan is not a normal neighbour and its behaviour is a "set of aberrations"
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says PoK in Indian territory and the country hopes to have physical jurisdiction over it one day
  • Barasat Sessions court near Kolkata rejects Rajeev Kumar anticipatory bail application citing lack of jurisdiction as the reason
  • PM Modi celebrates his birthday with Narmada aarti and later has lunch with his mother.
  • All 6 Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs merge with the Congress in Rajasthan
  • Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi on Wednesday, state issues on the agenda
  • Pakistan to open Kartarpur corridor on Nov 9
  • Rajeev Kumar, ex-police commissioner of Kolkata and wanted for questioning in the Sarada scam does not appear before the CBI despite the state administration requesting him to do so
  • Supreme Court asks the Centre to restore normalcy in J&K but keeping national interest in mind
  • As Trump accepts the invitation to attend a programme in Houston with PM Modi, India rushes to settle trade issues with US
  • After drone attack on Aramco's Suadi Arabia facility, oil prices jump 19% in intra-day trading causing worries for India
  • Imran Khan raises nuclear war bogey again, says if Pakistan loses a conventional war, it might fight till the end with its nuclear arsenal
Sunni Wakf Board and Nirvani Akhara write to the Supreme Court for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya dispute
oppn parties
Chronic Sex Offender MJ Akbar Must Resign, Be Punished

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Serious sexual harassment allegations have been leveled against the minister of state in the ministry of external affairs, MJ Akbar by not one but two women, journalists Priya Ramani and writer Prerna Singh Bindra. According to both of them, Akbar is a chronic predator and many more allegations will surface against him. These charges are not ordinary and cannot be ignored. The minister must be made to resign pending inquiry.

Akbar was a celebrated journalist who joined the Ananda Bazar Patrika group in Kolkata, first as editor of weekly Sunday and then started their English daily The Telegraph. He wrote a few books and owned/edited The Asian Age and The Sunday Guardian before joining politics, joining Congress and then shifting to the BJP. As conceptualizer/editor of The Telegraph, he was instrumental in smashing the monopoly of The Statesman in the city of Kolkata.

But as stories are now being related by women, it seems Akbar was a habitual offender and behaving inappropriately with women, especially cub reporters, was second nature for him. He would often ask female reporters to meet him in his hotel room. He would proposition them and try to molest them.

These are serious allegations. Sushma Swaraj just walked away when she was questioned about what steps the ministry was thinking of taking against Akbar. But this response will not do. The government must take action. Akbar must be asked to resign. Allegations must be probed by an independent body. If the allegations are found to be true, he must be punished as per the law of the land.