Free Press Journal
  • The voluptuous political affairs of the world

    The West’s relationship with Russia is even more complex than the India-Pakistan equation. Although one appears to love to hate the other, all may not be what it seems. Donald Trump’s election campaign suggested that West-Russia ties may sometimes allow for covert cooperation – albeit limited and motivated – on selective issues. Outwardly, the “Reds…

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  • JFK papers revive conspiracy theories

    Since Oswald was never brought to trial, doubts are bound to linger about the nature and extent of his guilt. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 61 per cent of Americans believe he did not act alone. These sceptics are convinced the intelligence agencies are keeping a tight lid on what really happened either to…

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  • Gauri Lankesh echo in Malta scribe killing

    It could have been the murder of Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore all over again. Lankesh had won the Anna Politovskaya award for speaking out against right-wing Hindu extremism, championing women’s rights and opposing caste-based discrimination. Anna Politkovskaya, writer and human rights activist, was gunned down in the stairwell of her Moscow flat.Understandably, the violent deaths…

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  • Theresa May renews campaign against slavery

    It’s unfortunate that what Theresa May called “the great human rights issue of our time” should be thought to target India. Although beset with troubles at home over Brexit, Mrs May has used the 2017 UN general assembly to renew her campaign against slavery. This is not something India need feel too guilty about. A…

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  • Brexit: Both India and UK will gain

    When Manmohan Singh told parliament that Indians “must get rid of the illusion that we are still fighting the East India Company”, it was seen as the proclamation of a brave new world in which complexes and inhibitions would no longer suppress buoyant trade. Logically, therefore, India should welcome Brexit and the opportunity of a…

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  • London Tube bombing and refugee issue

    Although 30 people were injured, no one was killed when a home-made explosive device partially detonated on 15 September in the West London underground station of Parsons Green. But the collateral damage may be much greater if the tragedy hardens public anger against refugees and encourages the kind of prejudice that is vitiating Indian life…

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  • Post-Brexit: The overall impact on Britain

    The fiasco off Britain’s post-Brexit passport highlights the confusion of a country that wants Europe but not Europeans. As Britain engages in a messy and acrimonious separation from the European Union, two of the three companies shortlisted to produce the new passports are French and German. People think it ironical that the solitary British company…

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  • The alarming Rohingya crisis

    What lends urgency to the Rohingya crisis – justifying this second exploration in two weeks – is the emergence of the militant Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army with suggestions of Pakistani, Saudi Arabian, Malaysian and Afghan links and funds from Australia. Pitted against the Myanmarese Buddhist 969 movement, it could plunge the region into the horrors…

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  • Rohingya & humanitarian crisis

    Indians are so anxious to get away from their own country that many find it difficult to believe that foreigners – the Rohingya for instance – would have an innocent reason for wishing to settle down in India. Pope Francis must be the only world leader to have spoken out publicly in favour of Myanmar’s…

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  • Consequences of past is inevitable

    Like Narendra Modi over gau rakshaks and lynchings, Donald Trump said too little too late over rampaging white supremacists in the southern American state of Virginia. His mild initial comments seemed to spread the blame equally, seeing no particular evil in militant nationalists who gathered for a “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville or a…

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  • Nitish may surprise Modi in 2019

    The Bharatiya Janata Party has given notice. By absorbing Tripura’s six Trinamool Congress legislators, whom it had previously roped in to support Ram Nath Kovind’s candidacy for vice-president, it has confirmed the message of the shift in Bihar. If Mamata Banerjee is to be believed, West Bengal is the BJP’s next target. But although Nitish…

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