Free Press Journal
  • Union Budget 2018: Can the Budget be both populist and pragmatic?

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is going to present its last full Budget on February 1 in the run-up to the general elections in 2019. So, a degree of populism – stemming from electoral considerations – in inevitable. (The government will present a vote-on-account next year, instead of a full Budget.)

  • Hot winds blowing in Delhi

    Delhi is experiencing chilling cold as the mercury continues to drop every day. However, temperature in the political corridors is boiling up day by day. On one hand, Congress’s new President Rahul Gandhi is getting all prepared to take on the Narendra Modi-led BJP Government, while on the other hand, Delhi’s firebrand Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader has been left nursing his wounds by the Supreme Court. Even as

  • If selling pakodas is a ‘job’, by that logic even begging is a job: P Chidambaram

    New Delhi: The latest sticking point between former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and PM Modi is whether selling pakodas can be considered a form of gainful employment? The seemingly innocuous debate was ignited when PM Modi, in a recent interview to a television channel, reportedly said, “If a person selling pakodas (snacks) earns Rs 200 at the end of the day, should it be considered employment or not?”

  • Constitution & Upadhyay can’t go together: Tharoor to Modi

    Jaipur : Taking a dig at Narendra Modi, politician-writer Shashi Tharoor has said that while the prime minister describes the country’s Constitution as “holy”, he also hails Hindutva icon Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay as a “hero” and asserted that the two stands cannot go hand in hand.

  • India, Cambodia decide to boost defence ties; ink 4 pacts

    New Delhi: India and Cambodia today inked four pacts, including one to improve cooperation in prevention, investigation of crimes and legal assistance in criminal matters, besides a line of credit from India to fund Cambodia’s Stung Sva Hab water resources development project for USD 36.92 million.

  • PM Narendra Modi: Statesman like in Davos

    Notwithstanding the childish jibe by Rahul Gandhi after the prime minister’s keynote address to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos, the reception at home and abroad was generally positive. The global corporate leaders assembled in Davos welcomed the address, giving Modi a standing ovation. He flagged the right concerns, that is, growing protectionism, specter of terrorism and a looming threat of global warming. It was a statesmanlike intervention, something the

  • BJP-Shiv Sena break-up: Is Sena beating around the bush or standing up for itself?

    Politics is like a game of chess where you are never sure what will be your next move and, it is also uncertain and unpredictable. Indian Republic is never short of drama and the recent news of Maharashtra’s regional party and ally of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) both at centre and state i.e. Shiv Sena announcing that they will go alone in 2019 Lok Sabha polls and assembly elections have raised a few eyebrows.

  • ‘Padmaavat’ row: Appalling how a fringe group like Karni Sena has held nation to ransom

    The Indian Republic is world’s largest and most diverse, plural democracy and since 1947, India has been a torch-bearer of freedom of speech and freedom of expression (if we strictly go by our constitution) and in the 21st century we all Indians truly believe that it is our time to shine and become a global player. Sounds very preachy and righteous, isn’t it? But, the sad reality is that our great land

  • First vehicle for Indians should be electric: Goyal

    Davos : Union minister Piyush Goyal, on Wednesday, said 80 per cent of India’s population does not own a vehicle as yet and he would want their first vehicle to be electric. He was speaking here at a World Economic Forum session on ‘Designing for smart mobility’ where he stressed on the need for smart mobility to optimise traffic flow in India. “In Western countries, everybody owns vehicles. Countries like India which

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    Bhopal: ABVP makes mockery of Modi’s Swachhta Abhiyan

    Bhopal: Making a mockery of Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, RSS’ student wing ABVP has plastered walls of MVM – city’s prestigious science college –with posters announcing its regional conference. ABVP is holding its 50th regional meeting in the city. The three-day event is all set to start on January 27. The ABVP activists, which lost the student union elections very badly to Bhagat Singh Kranti Dal in Motilal Vigyan Mahavidyalaya, have

  • Uddhav Thackeray’s dig at Narendra Modi: PM should have hoisted tricolour at Srinagar

    Mumbai: Taking a dig at Prime minister Narendra Modi, Uddhav Thackeray, re-elected president of Shiv Sena said Modi should have hoisted tricolour at Srinagar instead of flying kites with his Israeli counterparts Benjamin Netanyahu. Thackeray also criticised Nitin Gadkari, union minister for his remark against navy officials.

  • Climate change, terrorism grave concerns, says PM Modi at WEF

    Davos : Narendra Modi on Tuesday became the first Indian prime minister to address the World Economic Forum (WEF) here in two decades during which he talked about “serious” challenges and “grave concerns” facing the world, including terrorism.