Free Press Journal
  • Harping on achievements, not omissions

    With 2019 general elections on his mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the last Independence Day speech of his term to launch the re-election campaign of his party from the ramparts of the Red Fort last week. Given the fact that the PM’s speech was telecast live on news channels and reached millions of captive…

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    Much achieved, more to do

    Two days before, France defeated the courageous Croatia in the FIFA World Cup final last month, India beat France to become the world’s sixth-biggest economy. Pushing France to the seventh position, according to the updated World Bank figures for 2017, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) amounted to $2.597 trillion against $2.582 trillion for France. Having…

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  • Assam NRC List: What lies ahead for missing 4 million?

    The final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a document meant to weed out foreigners from Assam, was published last week with the names of over 2.89 crore included in it. However, over 40 lakh people, nearly 10 per cent of the state’s population, were left out from the draft. The purpose of…

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  • Ecosystem of fear & hate fuelling mob lynching

    Murderous attacks on helpless victims have become fairly common in India. In the last three years, there have been 88 incidents of mob violence across the country in which 68 people have been killed. The grounds for killing the victims have varied, often fuelled by suspicion and rumours. While some people have been killed after…

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    MSP hike: Neither unprecedented, nor historic

    The Centre approving the decision to hike the minimum support price (MSP) of 14 crops for the 2018-19 marketing season earlier this month is a welcome relief for farmers reeling under severe distress due to collapse of agricultural commodity prices. In his press briefing, home minister Rajnath Singh hailed this as a ‘historic decision’. In…

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    Harsh reality of Brexit finally sets in

    A few months after Britons voted to leave the European Union (EU), there was considerable apprehension across the UK. One of the major reasons for pervasive uneasiness was the post-Brexit vote ambiguity over the economic fallout of the disastrous referendum. By October 2016 when this writer visited London, the pound had slumped over 15 per…

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    The Emergency then and democracy now

    An all-out war of words broke out last week between the BJP and the Congress on the 1975 Emergency. Observing June 26 as a ‘black day’, several BJP leaders targeted the Congress at events held across the country to highlight the Emergency’s excesses. Leading the charge with a sharp attack on the Congress was Prime…

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  • Kashmir: A polarising factor in 2019?

    It was an alliance that was ill-fated to start with. An alliance described as coming together of the ‘north pole and the south pole’ by none other than the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the pragmatic PDP chief who took a calculated risk to align with the BJP after a fractured mandate in 2015, the PDP-BJP…

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    Here is why farmers are agitating

    When Indian economy has grown at an estimated rate of 6.7 per cent in FY-18, there shouldn’t be a cause for complain from any sector of the economy. But when the economy runs largely on one wheel – government expenditure – and the government hides behind the headline GDP number, the ground reality can be…

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  • ‘Mainstreaming’ of RSS & its implication

    A Congressman for most part of his political life, Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to attend the valedictory function of the ‘Sangh Shiksha Varg’ at the headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Nagpur, had not gone down well with the Congress party and liberals who cherish democratic values and the Constitution. Despite the reservations expressed by…

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  • By-elections and BJP’s gradual descent

    In May 2014, the seat tally of the BJP and its allies looked pretty impressive: 282 for BJP and 336 for NDA. In four years since then, 27 by-elections have been held. The ruling party and its allies have not been able to add a single new seat, while the Congress and other opposition parties…

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