Free Press Journal
  • Election 2019: The game is wide open

    The Karnataka assembly elections, crucial as they were, threw up a few challenges in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls a year down the line and held out some lessons for the BJP as well as the Congress. The BJP has undoubtedly had a good run barring a few jolts along the way…

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  • Amit Shah, Karnataaka, Karnataka Assembly election 2018, BJP

    BJP too needs to reorient itself

    While the Governor’s final decision to invite Kumaraswamy to form a government could take time, there would be no dearth of attempts to nullify efforts by the Congress and the JD(S) to come to power. The Karnataka assembly results have thrown up a mandate for the BJP with a sound beating for the Congress but…

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  • Foes turn friends while jockeying for power

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi had electrified the Gujarat electoral campaign in the last stages of the Assembly elections there and wrested the advantage over the Congress. Likewise, in Karnataka, which is heading for a prestigious battle on May 12, Modi’s fiery oratory and charisma seem poised to wipe out the purported lead that the Congress…

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  • The hopes of third front have brightened

    It is becoming increasingly clear that Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi’s plan to forge a united front of opposition parties is running into rough weather. Sonia has had a one-point agenda—to foist her son Rahul as the Opposition challenger to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She is blinded about his serious limitations and his general unacceptability to…

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  • 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 Gandh. Pic/ PTI

    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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