Free Press Journal
  • Modi can translate a tiny bit of optimism

    Despite the buzz in a section of the Old Establishment in Delhi that Modi’s time is drawing to a close and that there is just no way the BJP can cross the 220 mark in the Lok Sabha, the game is still wide open. If the talk in the Central Hall of Parliament is anything…

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  • Modi government stands tall after Budget

    Rather than announce one-off loan waivers or Minimum Support Price based on discretion and political expediency, the Modi government has opted to tackle the larger issue of agricultural subsidy within a non-discretionary institutional framework. When it comes to political audacity and the sheer grandeur of vision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has few equals, at least…

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  • Narendra Modi interview

    More than just event management

    THE election of an Indian to  the International Court of  Justice in the face of P-5 competition didn’t happen overnight. By putting India in  the radar of Africa, Modi has, at least, offered many countries  a possible alternative to  China’s de facto  neo-imperialism. There are individuals, not least in the media, who have proffered more…

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  • Change in the face of backlash

    FOR the longest possible time, Indian diplomacy has run scared of facing the truth over Israel because of the fear of a Muslim backlash at home and recriminations against migrant Indian workers in the Islamic nations of West Asia. Someone had to take the bull by the horn and end this nonsense. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s…

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  • Yashwant Sinha, indian economy

    Aggressive promotion of economy

    In the penultimate day of the all-too-brief Winter Session of Parliament, there was a brief but interesting discussion on the economy in the Rajya Sabha. Anyone who heard that debate, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s very erudite reply, would have been struck by the two very different accounts of where stands today. On the one…

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  • The toothless assertion of Triple Talaq

    The grand hope that the first week of 2018 would witness the first progressive legislation in independent India governing the Muslim community was dashed by the logjam over the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The seemingly innocuous suggestion that the two-page Bill needed an exhaustive deliberation by a Select Committee – rather than…

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  • A year full of jaw-dropping surprises

    IN the past, Mahatma Gandhi had experimented with this  spirit of sacrifice and, now, Modi has tried it again.  The results were astonishing  and should serve to  rewrite the rules of the  political game. There is an inclination to often treat every passing year as a terrible one. The terrible fire in Mumbai that needlessly…

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  • In pursuit of change and leadership

    THE  failure, in turn, has contributed to the larger narrative of the Modi government being extremely vulnerable to the political backlash against agrarian distress. Since perception is all-important in politics, any failure to address this issue will create political complications for Modi and the BJP. Viewed from any direction, the past week has not been…

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  • Rahul Gandhi’s task is to keep party afloat

    It would churlish to not recognise that for committed Congress members and supporters, the coronation of Rahul Gandhi as party president is a momentous event. It marks the passing of the dynastic baton from one generation to the next. The dynastic principle may seem abhorrent to those who believe the republican ideals must necessarily shun…

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  • Gujarat awaits period of sobriety

    Mani Shankar Aiyar was a diplomat and, from all accounts, a rather good diplomat. But that was in the past. Since abandoning his old profession and reinventing himself as a Congress politician, he has shed all inhibitions. He now says whatever comes to his mind and says it with an acid tongue. That might elicit…

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  • UP elections will cast shadow on Gujarat elections

    The brief visit by Barak Obama to Delhi was, quite predictably, another occasion for those infected by Modi allergy to attempt resurrecting the very contrived issue of rising intolerance and threats to the freedom of expression in India. Whether these attempts succeeded or were deftly fobbed off by a consummate politician who has very different…

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  • CBFC, Padmavati, Padmavati release date, CBFC hints Padmavati release date, CEO of CBFC, Anurag Srivastav, Reason behind Padmavati's postpone

    Padmavati: Giving a reasoning behind the fuss

    There have been a great many hurtful and ugly comments that have been made in the wake of the controversy over the film Padmavati. Some of these, particularly the threats to the actors, are completely unacceptable and there is a strong argument for initiating criminal action against those responsible for issuing such vile threats. No…

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