Free Press Journal
  • 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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    Air pollution continues to play havoc

    The realisation that pollution is playing havoc with our lives continues to elude Indians. We are indeed living from moment to moment largely oblivious of the toxic air quality that we breathe day in and day out. Sadly, there is little thought over what we are bequeathing to the future generations. It is a frightening…

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  • Tom Petty tribute! He was simply the rock star

    Tom Petty, the definitive rock and roll star and one of the finest musicians of our times, died of a cardiac arrest recently. Kalyani Majumdar pays tribute Just last year in an interview with the Rolling Stone magazine, Tom Petty had mentioned that his 2017 live performances might be the ‘last big one’. He was…

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  • Is Narendra Modi magic still holding in Gujarat citadel?

    There is no mistaking the fact that the Gujarat assembly elections this time around have assumed huge importance as a barometer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sustained popularity. They will determine whether the Modi magic is still holding in his citadel or, as it happens, it is waning under the weight of anti-incumbency after two…

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  • 10 takeaways from PM Narendra Modi’s power push, his latest poll jumla

    Political narratives becoming acutely shrill

    It is sad indeed that politics in the country is getting uglier and uglier. There is deception and negativity all around. The slugfest between the BJP top brass and Congress bigwigs is getting more and more crass. In fact, many parties are getting into the act of hitting below the belt without regard to proprieties….

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  • BJP’s audacious challenge to CPM in Kerala

    Amit Shah is indeed on a test to see whether his emotional pitch makes an impact in Kerala and to what extent. The State has had an enviable record of communal amity and it would be a pity if the peace between the Hindus and the Muslims is disturbed by inspired polarization. The BJP, organizationally spearheaded…

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  • Opinion: Why PM Narendra Modi’s sheen is fast wearing off

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an unusually long honeymoon with the electorate after he was swept to power in 2014. His charisma and oratory carried the day. That the period of relative comfort has finally ended and the government is being criticised by all and sundry on a whole host of issues is hardly surprising….

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  • Congress fails to capitalise on BJP misdoings

    With a bare year-and-a-half to go for the next general elections, the BJP has been looking vulnerable for some time with demonetisation, price spurt in petroleum products and GST hiccups combined with rural discontent pulling it down a few notches from the high that it had reached. But so abject is the performance of the…

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  • Note ban: Will the economy recover?

    After the ruling NDA’s euphoria over its recent track record in elections to State assemblies, there have been some rude shocks that should awaken the Narendra Modi government to changing realities. The biggest dampener has been the persistent lifting of the veil on the performance of demonetisation of high-value notes. Another has been the poor…

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  • In this file photograph shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) greets Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in New Delhi.

    China set to play double-faced game

    Pakistan is increasingly being seen to be what it is—a country that harbours and nurtures terror. It had a devil-may-care attitude when the Americans were looking the other way while they paid lip service to dealing with terror directed against India and Afghanistan, and China consciously abetted in their terror policies to spite India. However,…

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