Free Press Journal
  • Rahul Gandhi 2.0 is taking shape

    In the wake of the plenary, some have offered their resignations from party posts so that “youth and talent from across the country” can find a place at the party’s high table. The see-saw effect of electoral politics comes into play when a ruling party sinks under the weight of perceived misgovernance and unfulfilled expectations….

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  • Injustice and the vexed issue of land

    The definition of ‘public purpose’ was whatever the government of the day wanted it to be – from building factories to pleasure palaces for millionaires to large dams. Typically, farmers received a pittance for their land, as bureaucrats undervalued it hugely. The Supreme Court’s historic verdict, indicting former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for…

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  • Sridevi, RIP Sridevi, Sridevi’s last rite, Sridevi funeral, Sridevi funeral updates, Sridevi’s residence, Sridevi body, Andheri, Sridevi last rites updates, Good bye Sridevi, Sridevi’s last journey

    Sridevi no more: Beautiful enigma in the looking glass world

    Sridevi died as she had lived, a beautiful enigma in the looking glass world of Bollywood. The conspiracy theories spawned by her untimely and so far inexplicable death may be entirely off the mark. What’s disturbing are the intense debates sparked by her passing, on the peculiar stresses to which female stars of a certain…

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  • Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi

    Time to create a sense of security and nationalism

    The difference between 2014 and now is that the UPA lacks a charismatic leader. It is widely accepted that Rahul Gandhi as a leader does not compare with Narendra Modi. But let’s bear in mind that in 2004, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a much taller leader than Sonia Gandhi but still did not manage to…

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  • 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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