Free Press Journal
  • BJP can’t afford not to relent on oil prices

    The crisis on the oil front is unmistakably serious but there are redeeming features which make it look less serious than it did in 1991 when foreign exchange reserves were sufficient for only a few weeks’ imports and in 2008 in the wake of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse and the global financial crisis. With crude…

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  • Disunity amidst unity in the Opposition

    The chinks in the Opposition’s armour with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in mind are evident with Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rashtriya Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrashekhar Rao calling Congress president Rahul Gandhi the ‘biggest buffoon’ in the country. The message to the Congress is loud and clear. That the much-touted Opposition unity to combat…

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  • Kamalendra Kanwar, Editorial, Maldives, India, Chinese Hegemony, World affairs

    Maldives would continue to depend on India for support

    With recent events in Maldives where the over-riding influence of India has given way to an uncompromising Chinese hegemony in recent years, India has got a taste of what Beijing can be up to especially in terms of asserting its naval supremacy. But it would set a bad example if New Delhi were to cave…

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  • Rahul Gandhi at Bucerius Summer School

    Rahul Gandhi adds fuel to discordant Sikh voices

    For over three years, a revival of sorts has been visible in the movement for a separate Sikh state called Khalistan after the virtual decimation of the movement in the early 1990s when super cop K P S Gill ruled the roost with his unsparing ways. When in 2015 the several incidents of the desecration…

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  • Chinese dumping hitting our industry hard

    India had better watch out. The dumping of Chinese goods in Indian markets acutely debilitating for India already could get further exacerbated, thanks to the trade war between China and the US. So far, India has neither been adequately watchful nor forthright in dealing with Chinese dumping with the result that Indian cottage and small scale…

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  • Stalin, Alagiri

    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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  • food facism, rahul gandhi, congress, congress chief, shiv yatra, lord of kailash

    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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  • kamlendra kanwar, american, america, US President, Donald Trump, US, strange, editorial

    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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