Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Power, the People, and the PMO – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

With more than a year of minority government behind us, Steve Paikin and The Agenda assemble a national panel to ask if political power in Canada is still primarily a matter of the proverbial “who do you know in the PMO”. With Jeffrey Simpson, Norman Spector, Janice MacKinnon, and myself.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Public Degradation and Public Discourse – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

A CBC Radio One national debate on the decline of civility in Canada’s public discourse. More than a question of discourtesy, the decay of the tenor of political dialogue diminishes the dignity of the nation itself. Hosted by The Current and Avi Lewis, and including Heather Mallick, Lainey Lui, and myself

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Group Sword at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

On the final day of competition at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, my horse Shomool remained in a surly mood. The rider to our left is keeping a considered distance, as Shomool had just attempted to deliver a slaying kick to his horse; Shomool’s rear hooves came within centimetres of the intended victim. ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Group Sword at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

On the final day of competition at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, my horse Shomool remained in a surly mood. The rider to our left is keeping a considered distance, as Shomool had just attempted to deliver a slaying kick to his horse; Shomool’s rear hooves came within centimetres of the intended victim. ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Group Lance at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

On the first day of group competition at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in the Gulf States, I was matched with riders from the Oman National Team, and we galloped four abreast through the course. Competing in UNICEF’s colours, I am using a lance in my right hand to strike at a ground target, and ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Individual Sword at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

After an abysmal showing the previous day at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, my horse Shomool and I redeemed ourselves in the sword discipline, though not before galloping through a near-death experience involving a stone wall and a low-hanging tree. A full account of the games is at my March 2007 blog.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Individual Lance at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

A photocast of the individual lance with ground targets discipline, at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman. I am riding an assigned horse named Shomool, representing Canada, and wearing UNICEF’s emblem. The lance is not my favoured weapon, and Shomool and I fared modestly in this discipline, on the first day of the championships. ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Practice Run at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

A photocast of my practice run with the lance at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman. My horse, Shomool, is galloping through the course at a greater speed than I had ever experienced on horseback. I am holding the lance at a rather desperate distance from our bodies to stave off the obvious calamity, ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Opening Ceremonies at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

A photocast of the opening ceremonies of the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships. Riders from across the world gathered in the Sultante of Oman to represent our countries in this 2500 year-old cavalry sport of sword, lance, and horsemanship. I am the nearest rider, and carry the pennant of UNICEF from my lance, as I rode ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Chivalry and the Thrill of Tent Pegging – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

An interview with CBC Ontario Today’s Rita Celli, on UNICEF Team Canada, the international equestrian skill-at-arms championships,and galloping hell for leather for honour and country

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Chivalry and the Thrill of Tent Pegging – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

An interview with CBC Ontario Today’s Rita Celli, on UNICEF Team Canada, the international equestrian skill-at-arms championships,and galloping hell for leather for honour and country

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Sword, Lance, and Adrenaline – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Andy Barrie tries, largely in vain, to restrain his mirth as we discuss the upcoming world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, at which I will represent the country as a member of UNICEF Team Canada. The segment was originally broadcast on CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Sword, Lance, and Adrenaline – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Andy Barrie tries, largely in vain, to restrain his mirth as we discuss the upcoming world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, at which I will represent the country as a member of UNICEF Team Canada. The segment was originally broadcast on CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Projects: Tent Pegging with UNICEF Team Canada

Of my many eccentricities, none is as improbable as my involvement in tent pegging. Often referred to as equestrian skill-at-arms, the sport has a mounted cavalier riding at a full gallop across a timed course, on the flat and over jumps, using sword and lance to smite a succession of ground and elevated targets. Yes, ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Projects: Tent Pegging with UNICEF Team Canada

Of my many eccentricities, none is as improbable as my involvement in tent pegging. Often referred to as equestrian skill-at-arms, the sport has a mounted cavalier riding at a full gallop across a timed course, on the flat and over jumps, using sword and lance to smite a succession of ground and elevated targets. Yes, ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Are Canadian Political Parties Afraid of the Dark? – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

CBC Television’s The Hour canvasses Bob Rae, John Tory, Olivia Chow, and me on why Canada has yet to see a visible minority party leader. Ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, the programme included calls for “affirmative action” and more American football in Canadian politics.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Integrity and the Liberal Leadership – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Sarika Sehgal of CBC Newsworld interviews me on my support for Stephane Dion, and on how the Liberal Party can re-animate Canadians’ passion for politics. With the convention behind us and the election before us, the question of civic engagment in the political process is more crucial than ever.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Politics and Principles – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

In the wake of the Quebecois Nation issue, TV Ontario’s The Agenda asks if politics and principles are Canada’s true twin solitudes. With Steve Paikin as moderator, Val Meredith for the Conservatives, Robin Sears for the NDP, and I for the Liberals.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Politics and Principles – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

In the wake of the Quebecois Nation issue, TV Ontario’s The Agenda asks if politics and principles are Canada’s true twin solitudes. With Steve Paikin as moderator, Val Meredith for the Conservatives, Robin Sears for the NDP, and I for the Liberals.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Who Wants to be a Party Leader? – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Ottawa Morning, CBC Radio One’s news and current affairs programme in the national capital, explores the question of why the field of candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada appears to be contracting. Hallie Cotnam hosted in Ottawa and I participated from Toronto.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Interviewing Leadership Candidates, Call-In – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Host Alan Neal of CBC Radio One’s Ontario Today and I take telephone calls from across Ontario on the people’s choice for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: The Fall of Paul Martin – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Former Cabinet Minister Herb Dhaliwal and I review the long road for Paul Martin from his triumphal entry as Liberal leader to his humble departure after the general election.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Visionary Politics – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

A feature-length CBC Radio One national debate between Judy Rebick of the NDP, Adam Daifallah of the Conservative Party, and myself on visionary politics in Canada.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Visionary Politics – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

A feature-length CBC Radio One national debate between Judy Rebick of the NDP, Adam Daifallah of the Conservative Party, and myself on visionary politics in Canada.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Political Machines – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

The CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti and I discuss the role or organisation, policy, and machine politics in the Liberal Party of Canada, in this nationally broadcast Radio One special.