Free Press Journal
  • Supreme Court Crisis: Unfortunate turn of judicial events

    The manner in which four senior judges of the Supreme Court – Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Bhimrao Lokur and Kurian Joseph – revolted against the administration of the apex court, principally Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and held a media conference to go public with their complaints has no parallel in post-independence Indian judicial…

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  • Indian immigrants on tenterhooks

    US President Donald Trump’s first year in office has been a mixed bag for India. Though the apprehensions which he evoked at the start of his innings are still lingering in many minds for good reason, there is a measure of satisfaction in India over Trump’s tough stance towards Pakistan. While Trump’s arch-rival Hillary Clinton…

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  • Rajinikanth’s brand equity is very strong

    Regardless of whether one sees cine idol Rajinikanth as a credible politician in the making or not, there is no denying his mass appeal and charisma. In the days of AIADMK stalwart, late J Jayalalithaa and during the heydays of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, Rajinikanth nurtured the ambition to lead the masses on the political…

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  • Churning process is on in Tamil Nadu

    It is no secret that Sasikala and  her clan’s recorded assets have  gone up manifold in the years  that Jayalalithaa was at the  helm and that Dhinakaran used  that amassed wealth to  part-finance the hugely-expensive election campaign in the  R K Nagar by-election. Five years after then chief minister J Jayalalithaa jettisoned her closest aide…

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  • Late surge salvages BJP’s dwindling stock

    Looking back at the results of the Assembly elections in Gujarat, there is no doubt that the voter in that state was angry and disillusioned with the BJP for a variety of reasons, but he was far from enamoured with newly-anointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi. There is no denying that whether it was Anandiben Patel…

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  • Bated breath and election blues in Gujarat

    The campaign for the Gujarat Assembly elections has ended, with both the BJP and the Congress firing pot-shots at each other like never before. What has separated this election from earlier contests is the ferocity with which the two sides combated each other. Buoyed by the support of youth leader Hardik Patel, who spearheaded a…

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  • Rahul Gandhi faces baptism by fire

    Taking up the mantle of Congress presidentship in a party that is characterised by spinelessness and sycophancy, Rahul Gandhi is beginning his innings with unusually low public expectations. That, undeniably, may prove to be a blessing in disguise for the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, who was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his…

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  • A failed state that evokes skepticism

    THE judiciary is free to do what it wants so long as it does not impinge on the army’s sphere of influence. It is widely believed that the manner in which Nawaz Sharif was pushed out of power recently had the tacit consent of the Army, which wanted a more pliable dispensation. The writing is…

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  • A futile and divisive Padmavati controversy

    It is not surprising that the controversial twist given to the folklore of centuries ago in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s celluloid depiction of Rani Padmavati of Chittor in Rajasthan has been occupying media space so pervasively. One can hardly ascribe it to anything but the obsession with sensationalism in the modern context. Rajput groups, including the…

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  • Trump’s bonhomie dictated by realpolitik

    There is no mistaking the fact that today India figures in the US scheme of things as a potential bulwark against China which can be built up as a counterpoise in Asia to the deadly dragon. The build-up started during the Barack Obama regime and it is being furthered during the Donald Trump era, much…

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  • Extradition: Indian judiciary system to prove itself

    It speaks as much of the poor preparation that goes into Indian appeals for extraditions from the United Kingdom as to the jaundiced approach of British courts that though 24 years have elapsed since the two countries signed an extradition treaty, only one Indian request for extradition has succeeded so far. The others have been…

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  • India is thwarting China on control of sea lanes

    It is heartening that India is now responding, albeit haltingly and uncertainly, to the need to spruce up its naval defences through strategic alliances and by bolstering its own naval preparedness. The avowed new China policy of cutting down on its land army and investing heavily instead on naval and air defences   was indeed a…

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