Mr. Akbar as a veteran journalist and writer brings with him lots of experience which will come in handy as MoS External Affairs.
The Member of Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand has previously been a Congress MP and he has also been official spokesman for former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Mr. Akbar had served as an advisor in the Ministry of Human Resources in 1991 but he quit politics and resigned from the post in December 1992.
Mr. Akbar went back to active journalism from 1992 and started a new media company. He began publishing the first Indian daily with an international edition. His group became a publishing partner of The New York Times in 2004.
Mr. Akbar's expertise:
Such is the kind of experience that Mr. Akbar has that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had appointed him as a member of the committee to draft a ten-year charter for Muslim nations on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
He had also joined The Brookings Institution, Washington, as a visiting fellow in the Brookings Project on the US Policy towards the Islamic world. He is also Chairman of the trust of the Calcutta Muslim Orphanage.
Articulate Mr. Akbar:
Man of words that Mr. Akbar is, there are numerous stories that do round about his ability to give perfect answers. Mr. Akbar it is said had told Udaipur Royal Family that Akbar had won Haldighati again when the family conferred on him the Haldighati award some years back.
Equation with PM Modi:
It is worth remembering here that Mr. Akbar was a bitter critic of PM Narendra Modi post the 2002 riots. For BJP and Mr. Modi's cabinet he will prove to be an eloquent speaker and for sure a learned Muslim voice.
As BJP spokesperson he has for two years defended Mr. Modi and let the people know about PM's developmental agenda.