Free Press Journal
  • RSS’ desperate quest for national icons

    Such is the desperation of the RSS for new ideologue constructs that it will not hesitate to hijack the legacy of any historical or contemporary figure that fits in its narrative of right wing nationalism. The seeds of this affliction are perhaps embedded in the aberration that for all its robust jingoism, these saffron voices…

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  • Hinduism and Hindutva – the siege within

    So, who is the real enemy of Hindutva? Well, if you are the kind who is bristling with this notion of moral and racial superiority; if you wish to just drown others with your opinionated din; If your tunnel vision constricts your thinking; then, you are not the ‘enemy’.  If you are wedded to the…

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  • Mr Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the slip is showing

    Karyakarta Modi, of course, has a good reason to feel indebted to the RSS which had invested him with some kind of a political halo. The PM may still fancy that he can change political gears with consummate ease — from Vikas to soft Hindutva — but even this well-calibrated strategy, if not fine-tuned at…

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  • Is this the return of the soft state?

    When we do not retaliate — and the enemy needles us time and again — it is not because the Army does not have the firepower or the wherewithal to respond, but because the sultanate in New Delhi lacks the nerve! Till we have a government with grit, the security of the country cannot be…

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  • BJP can’t allow RSS to set its agenda

    THIS EXTRANEOUS ‘authority’ may masquerade as a cultural society — or it may indeed be one; it may be an ideological parent or just a mentor; or it may be a purely symbiotic relationship; whatever the innate nature of the quid pro quo, it has no divine right to control the business of the nation….

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  • Yashwant Sinha, indian economy

    Don’t believe in economic fairy tales

    It is indeed remarkable: The entire world is looking at us and we keep making flimsy excuses for our under-performing government, inventing ingenious alibis for the political and economic inertia; feigning that all is well – hubris has become a national malady. Let us see how we have indulged this government and allowed the political…

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  • Course correction: Sonia owes it to Rajiv

    All Said and done,  Rahul did not drop from the heavens into our waiting arms in Amethi. He has no divine right to rule, not is he a permanent star in our political constellation. He has been around long enough to find his feet and voice, so to speak. He descended on us in 2004…

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  • BJP needs to look hard in the mirror

    This is the folly of picking persons with poor administrative skills and parachuting them into the party, and then allowing them to masquerade as a chief minister. How the dream of fraternity with a spurious god man can turn into a nightmare of servility is a lesson one needs to learn from the Haryana government…

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  • Patriotism does not need ‘song’ test

    Patriotism is too sublime and spontaneous an emotion to inhabit the narrow confines of a song; or to be tethered to catchwords; to be held captive by a political discourse that is tribal and toxic; and to be anchored to an idiom of hate. Provoking a community — which took a conscious decision not to…

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  • No victory is final, no defeat is fatal

    The message emanating from Gujarat is emphatic but which the BJP may not hear in the saffron din. That such is the fickle nature of politics that no party can take its support for granted; no victory is complete and no defeat is final. It is a continuing contest that need not be won every…

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  • Time for new strategy on Doklam

    Now that we have proven to the world that we have the spunk to stand up to any bully in the region – even though China may not be feeling exactly spooked by our preemptive military action – maybe we need to relook at the Doklam standoff. To begin with, does our political and military…

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  • Modi weans away ‘challenger’ Nitish

    PM Modi is too astute a politician to leave anything to chance in the 2019 general election. Acutely aware that the countdown has started on his tenure, which can reap little now by way of good governance, has coped Nitish Kumar, neutralising the only other ‘challenger’ on the political landscape. An equally pliable and desperate…

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