Free Press Journal
  • Surge of negativity across India

    There is a surge in negativity in the country today and it is not all on account of the misdeeds of politicians though that forms a generous part. But, the more we shift all blame on the politicians, the more we as citizens abdicate responsibility for setting things right. Apathy has touched endemic proportions. The…

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  • India and Nepal on the same page again?

    The foreign ministry mandarins in South Block miscalculated hugely when India cold-shouldered K P Sharma Oli in the run-up to the general elections in Nepal. Oli, too, followed a shrill anti-India stance during the election campaign. Left-winger Oli swept to power with a massive mandate last February and is firmly ensconced in the prime ministerial chair…

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  • Innovation remains the weak link in growth of Indian start-ups

    What was for Indians seeking greener pastures in the US a dream come true is fast shaping into a nightmare for many under the Donald Trump administration. With a further tightening of visas under the H1B programme, as of now, many Indians are groping—bewildered and clueless. The highly-skilled are still looking to the US but…

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  • Why Oise in Northern France is a revelation

    Even though Oise in Northern France, not far from Paris is usually missing from most travel itinerary, it is a revelation as Kalyani Majumdar found out after visiting this picturesque place with its landscape, people and history As I bicycled my way through the expansive undulating green flatland on both sides of the road that…

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  • Rahul Gandhi burdened with weight of credibility

    The Janata Dal (S) of former prime minister Deve Gowda and his son, former chief minister Kumaraswamy, has had a brief flirtation with power and is looked upon as a crucial element as a third force in the event of a hung assembly this time around. All eyes are on the Karnataka assembly elections due…

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  • Rahul Gandhi needs a total makeover

    The Congress party’s impressive rally in New Delhi to drum up support for Rahul Gandhi after his anointment as party president missed a golden opportunity to concretise and lay out alternative policies to credibly project to the people that a government composed of today’s opposition parties is capable of giving good governance to the country….

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  • UP by-polls: Reality check for BJP

    The successive by-election defeats of the BJP in the Hindi heartland – first in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and now Uttar Pradesh and to an extent in Bihar — point to a discernible disillusionment of the voters with the BJP while also signifying a virtual end to the long honeymoon of Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

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  • Pulls and pushes for the grand alliance in North-East

    March 13, 2018 would indeed be a crucial day for Uttar Pradesh politics, and by extension, the politics of the country. Slated on that day are by-election results to the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur which has for decades been the citadel of the current chief minister Yogi Adityanath, and Phulpur, which was represented by…

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  • Much to be wary of China under mightier Xi Jinping

    The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to abolish term limits on the presidency, thereby allowing  Xi Jinping to stay on in power beyond 2023 when his second term ends, has formalised Xi in the position of the most powerful Chinese leader in modern history after Mao Zedong. In a world that has been growing increasingly apprehensive of…

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  • Wise to mend fences with Trudeau

    Two world leaders were in India in the last few days — Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. While Rouhani was welcomed with open arms and the outcome of his visit was a strong sense of approval of the Chabahar port deal which would afford India an opportunity to counter Chinese bid…

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  • Bangalore: Exploring the multi-layered history of the city

    If the soul of a city is uncovered by walking the streets, then definitely it holds true for Bangalore as it reveals itself beyond its IT hub and impersonal glass buildings. Kalyani Majumdar explores the multi-layered history of the city. As you look past the traffic and catch sight of rows of pink and yellow…

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  • Army morale has to be protected

    The Supreme Court deserves to be commended for its order that no coercive action should be taken against Major Aditya Kumar of Garhwal Rifles, in connection with the death of three civilians in an Army firing in Shopian last month. This amounts to staying the FIR that had been filed against the major and his…

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