Free Press Journal
  • Waiting in the wings to queer the pitch

    There is a huge power vacuum in Tamil Nadu with first J Jayalalithaa and 20 months later her bitter foe and political rival M Karunanidhi passing into history, ending the era of stalwarts at least for now in a state given to fanatical hero-worship. While in Jayalalithaa’s case, the departure was sudden and there was…

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  • Perception battle not going Congress way

    For all the hoopla over the Opposition gaining ground for the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the perception battle is still heavily loaded in favour of the BJP. If the BJP loss in byelections in some states and the failure to form a government in Karnataka despite being the single largest party were indicative of…

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  • Assam NRC list row: What’s next?

    The clamour for deporting people who have come into India from Bangladesh after March 24, 1971 without valid papers is bound to grow with the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) identifying over 40 lakh people as technically not Indian. Protests from parties like the Trinamool Congress that have converted these mostly…

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  • BJP can draw comfort in regional players

    There was an air of expectancy in the Opposition camp before the confidence vote in the Lok Sabha on Friday last that Opposition consolidation would give the BJP a hard time in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. The man in the street tended to see a potent challenge emerging to the BJP. The conclaves…

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    American people have to bear the cross

    Donald Trump is truly different — he evokes a lot of smirks and scowls but having been elected to such a high office, he is lord of his own destiny till such time as the US elects the next President. Strange are the ways of destiny. There had to be an American President to question…

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  • Will Nawaz Sharif be able to resurrect?

    The fragility of Pakistan’s democracy and the price that a civilian, democratically elected leader has to pay for any purported indiscretion in regard to the Army has come out in bold focus with the conviction of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar by a National Accountability Bureau. Nawaz was…

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  • Teach Pakistan a lesson for exporting terror

    India has been tolerating Pakistan-sponsored terror for far too long. It is time we put our foot down and show Pakistan that enough is enough. Not just Pakistan but the world at large has begun taking India’s diatribes against the neighbour for acts of terror as routine. We are being taken for granted. We have…

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  • There is leverage to Congress appeal in Jammu

    As Jammu and Kashmir settles down to a new routine of Governor’s rule with the Mehbooba Mufti government having collapsed following withdrawal of support to the People’s Democratic Front-BJP coalition, a few surmises can safely be made for the future. The first is that after its coalition compulsion of ‘soft Hindutva’, the BJP is bracing…

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  • India needs to be wary of foxy China

    India can ill afford to be coy with China. The Chinese are spreading their tentacles all across Asia and there cannot be any escape from confrontation with it unless this country surrenders to the hegemonic designs of the dragon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck up a cosy relationship with Xi Jinping when they met recently…

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    But, can India trust Donald Trump?

    It was in 1988 at a meeting between Chinese prime leader Deng Xiaoping and Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi that Deng referred to the impending times as the ‘Asian century.’ Today, the world is on the threshold of change and Deng’s prediction seems to be coming true at least in respect of China. Under Xi…

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  • The revival signs of Indian economy

    After the unmitigated gloom peddled by the Opposition and a section of the media, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Indian economy. The Central Statistics Office’s provisional GDP estimates for 2017-18 suggest that growth recovered to a brisk 7.7 per cent in the January-March 2018 quarter, the highest real GDP…

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  • Karnataka: Kumaraswamy needs no mercy

    It is a reflection of the gutter level politics that our politicians play that the newly-anointed chief minister of Karnataka, H D Kumaraswamy, has said that he is at the “mercy” of Congress which gave him the coveted position and not indebted to the six crore Kannadigas whose exercise of franchise led him to the…

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