Free Press Journal
  • Congress vs BJP in Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections

    Battle of divergent ideologies in Tripura

    Of the three states, Tripura is the most crucial election and its outcome will be keenly watched on March 3. Meghalaya has been with the Congress and it is to be seen whether the party which has been fighting internal troubles will retain power in the state. The Naga People’s Front is in power in…

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  • Pakodanomics: Rhetoric over substance

    The truth is that unemployment is a worrying issue. Selling pakodas is forced self-employment and not job creation. And cherry-picking data to project a rosy picture is an old statistical trick. Pakoda is a popular Indian snack. This is nothing new. What’s new is the attempt to equate selling pakodas with employment. According to International…

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  • Budget: A vision for 2019 elections

    If India is on the cusp of reaping benefits of growth on the back of demographic dividend, it has the potential to grow at arithmetic progression if the education system is overhauled and employment generation is given a boost. One view on Budget 2018 is that Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has managed to strike a…

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  • Optimism and euphoria in bull market

    THE current scramble for stocks  in India is also a result of stable global macros, the expectations  of better earnings in the  third quarter for companies and pro-growth policies which the market expects the finance minister to announce in his February 1 budget. After the Federal Reserve raised interest rates on December 12, 2017, CNBC’s…

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  • Focus on agriculture, farm income in budget?

    THE steep fall in farm sector growth this year not only highlights the disconnect between policies and ground reality, but also calls for short term and long-term measures as a response to the distress. Growth can be just a number if it does not benefit all sections of population. It also becomes meaningless if, in…

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  • Narendra Modi interview

    Not an easy ride ahead for Modi, BJP

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the most interesting politicians of our times. He is oratorical, disruptive, melodramatic and rhetorical. He believes in radical actions. Modi is also a leader who is more popular than his party. His support base comes from the upper caste, middle class and urban voters. Modi polls high approval…

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  • Reasons behind simmering discontent in Iran

    The anti-government protests that rocked Iran over the past fortnight in which 21 people were killed and over 400 arrested, are said to have been fuelled by economic woes, rampant corruption, unemployment and rising food and fuel prices. In 1979 too, flawed economic policy and resentment against Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi’s autocratic rule had fuelled…

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  • Absurd and contentious bill for gender justice

    THE right to divorce is not a criminal offence. Personal laws of all communities give right to divorce to both men and women. The issue is what is the best method of divorce accepted under the law. Four months after the Supreme Court (SC) delivered a verdict quashing the practice of instant triple talaq, an…

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  • Gujarat: Read the writing on the wall

    LIKE it or not, one party Modi and the BJP fear the most is the Congress. Therein lies the Congress’ strength. BJP president Amit Shah had targeted 150 seats in Gujarat. It got only 99. Why? According to a joke being circulated on the social media, voters in Gujarat did give BJP 150 seats. But,…

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  • Looking beyond headline GDP numbers

    Since the release of GDP data for the second quarter of FY 17-18 by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on November 30, the focus of debate has centred mainly around whether the economy has finally come out of the slowdown caused by demonetisation and goods and services tax (GST). GDP growth at 6.3 per cent…

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  • Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: It is prestige versus political revival

    The political class is currently preoccupied with election in Gujarat which has also generated high level of interest in media and public space. In an attempt to turbo-charge BJP’s campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently on a whirlwind tour of the state which goes to poll on December 9 and 14. Gujarat is a…

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  • How important are sovereign ratings?

    In a surprise move, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded India’s sovereign bond rating by one notch from Baa3 to Baa2 ten days ago. The unexpected rating upgrade fuelled a fresh air of bullishness in the equity, currency and debt markets for a short while. The international rating agency has also changed itsrating outlook on India to…

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