Free Press Journal
  • Pick battles, don’t play gender cards

    Renuka was justifiably rebuked for having cackled in Parliament during the Prime Minister’s reply to the President’s address. Laughing loudly while any member is speaking is a breach of House etiquette, more so when the PM is on his feet. It is, in fact, downright rude. Politicians specialise in playing the minority, social justice and…

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  • Compulsions of political alliance

    Rahul Gandhi may have the largest chunk of Opposition MPs, but is not perceived as the natural leader of a coalition comprising towering personalities such as Mamata Bannerjee and Sharad Pawar. Once a partnership has been formed, the terms of engagement, such as seat-sharing, rarely change. Thus, both partners seek to strike the most advantageous…

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  • Budget 2018: Too late to put the act together

    IF only Budget 2018 had been presented in 2014, perhaps the snafus would have been worked out by now. Significantly, he chose to wait until what is probably the last budget of  this government’s term. The Union Budget 2018-19 is, as anticipated, a ‘kisan-khet-khalihan’ budget focused on the upcoming assembly and general elections. While the…

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  • Farm crisis: Staring us in the face

    RESEARCH and development aimed at producing drought-resistant crop varieties is another direction recommended by agricultural scientists. But so far, it’s all pie in the sky. Buried deep within the statistics and analytics of the Economic Survey 2017-18 is a Malthusian nightmare, of a population growing as its food supply shrinks. The self-sufficiency of the present…

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  • Trotting the cutting edge of science

    THE only bigger scientific hoax, I guess, is global warming. Or perhaps HIV jumping from monkeys to men, when  we all know the virus was whipped up in a lab as  a biological weapon. Dear Satyapal Singhji, thank you for exposing the monkey business in modern science! Just when evolutionary biologists had us convinced that…

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  • Dalits raring to go

    A century after the Indian National Congress formally condemned untouchability and 68 years after the Constitution mandated affirmative action, India is still wrestling with The Dalit Question. Social tensions, such as the face-off between the Marathas and Mahars (two centuries after Bhima-Koregaon) continue to disrupt ‘samajik samrasta’. As every Indian acknowledges, social parity is still…

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  • Much ado about LGBTQ and Sec 377

    CERTAINLY,  the decades-long and sometimes militant struggle by gay activists in the US, supported by the media, gender activists and liberal movements towards pluralism and multi-culturalism, has radically changed attitudes to homosexuality the world over. In an age when Humanism informs our attitudes to those outside the mainstream, homophobia is seen as no less contemptible…

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  • Nothing impossible for ‘Rajini Can’t’

    THE symbol in the backdrop, of a lotus supporting a hand in Apana Mudra and enclosed by a cobra, reinforces the supernal persona and purity of purpose.  As his legion of fans would say, there is no such thing as “Rajini Can’t”. The sun doesn’t rise until Rajinikanth says “good morning”. One among the vast…

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  • Temple Run: The game is on in 2018

    WHEN  the Anthony committee pointed out that the Congress rhetoric on communalism was widely perceived as minorityism, Rahul Gandhi still didn’t get it. He continued to believe that characterising the BJP as an upper-caste, anti-poor, communal party was the way to go. On the cusp of 2018, with Rahul Gandhi at the helm, the Congress…

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  • Narendra Modi and Manmohan Singh

    Modi alleges Manmohan Singh: To speak and when not to speak

    Manmohan Singh ko gussa kab ata hai? Just how hard do you have to step on his Buddha-esque toes before he loses it? The former prime minister rarely breaks his inscrutable silence, but when he does, it’s volcanic. Like his tirade against PM Modi for implying that senior Congress leaders had secretly met with Pakistani…

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  • Time to rewrite the Cong fairy tale

    WHEN he returned to India after 12 years abroad, he brought very little to the table. He had no particular accomplishments or professional successes of which to boast, but enjoyed a jet-setting lifestyle and had a Venezuelan girlfriend on his arm. The lost, forlorn lad, just shy of 21, touched the hearts of millions as…

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  • Congress 2019 strategy hinges on Gujarat

    The sound of Rahul Gandhi’s silence on ticklish issues is the best possible music for the Congress in Gujarat. By steering clear of the 2002 riots and refusing to engage with critics of Padmavati, he has left the ruling party floundering for electoral ammunition, just when the BJP needs it most. Devoid of an emotionally-charged…

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