Free Press Journal
  • Colour blindness is spreading to other spheres

    The days of the white 007 are numbered. The next James Bond will be black. There are hints it might be an actor, producer and disc jockey called Idris Akuna Elba born in London of a Sierra Leonean father and Ghanaian mother. This is the new face of Britain, and it’s deliberately not white. Yet,…

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  • Return of Domesday Book in Assam

    During a communal riot in Mumbai, one side was believed to have moved from house to house with a voters’ list to check the religion of occupants. That is the kind of abuse we must guard against if an updated National Register of Citizens becomes public property. Hitler’s Germany tragically demonstrated even governments can misuse…

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    Ramifications of UK’s grooming scandal

    Imran Khan’s victory has brought relief to many among Britain’s 1.2 million ethnic Pakistanis. They hope that an Oxonian prime minister who was a glamorous cricket star married to a British socialite of Jewish parentage might help to turn the spotlight away from the dark shame of grooming that haunts the community. Even Britain’s Pakistani-origin…

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  • Vote bank behind UK’s anti-Semitism row?

    Some blame the current anti-Semitism row in Britain’s Labour Party on Jeremy Corbyn’s politically-motivated desire to placate Muslims. Others fear it might be only another contrived weapon against Mr Corbyn, who is hugely popular in the country but is thoroughly disliked by the chattering classes. A visitor from India cannot but feel that India’s Muslims…

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  • Donald Trump and the bewildered West

    The West feels betrayed. Worse, it is bewildered. There are even dark hints about Donald Trump’s possible secret links with Moscow, and about his Czech-born wife. No one is willing to give him credit for a practical and positive rather than doctrinaire approach to international relations. All this has cropped up because instead of issuing…

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  • NHS is a shining example for India

    Britain’s new foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, became famous earlier this year for injecting a massive dose of funds into the National Health Service. India should also note that one of the reasons Theresa May reiterated in her sustained and spirited parliamentary defence of leaving the European Union was that not having to pay “huge sums”…

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  • narsimha rao, reformer, editorial, opinion piece, P V Narasimha Rao, Narendra Modi, Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Narasimha Rao, a forced reformer

    Shrouded in controversy in life, P V Narasimha Rao, prime minister of India from 1991 to 1996, again provoked controversy 14 years after his death when Narendra Modi upstaged Rahul Gandhi by honouring his memory on 28 June, the 97th anniversary of his birth. Mr Gandhi’s tardiness in acknowledging the occasion was not surprising. Narasimha…

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  • BJP reminds people of ‘ek nishan, ek vidhan, ek pradhan’

    Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s 65th death anniversary last weekend served a dual purpose. Since Mookerjee died in Srinagar, his idealistic, but factually flawed logic, could be invoked to lend post facto justification to what was in effect the Centre’s sacking of Jammu and Kashmir’s supposedly soft-line chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Narendra Modi’s rally in Madhya Pradesh…

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  • Unable to crack the caste calculus

    No one expected the infamy of the Kilvenmani massacre on Christmas Day of 1968 when Tamil Nadu landlords or their agents slaughtered 44 landless Dalit women and children whose families had struck work ever to be repeated. But the May 28 murder of three men of the Devendrakula Vellalar Scheduled Caste community in Kachanathan village,…

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  • Because ‘PM’ (Pranabda) felt neglected

    Rahul Gandhi’s Iftar party invitation to Pranab Mukherjee indicates that far from being an outcast in the Congress ranks, the former president of India is as much in demand as ever. His bargaining value may even have gone up. However, it may be an over-simplification to view Mr Mukherjee’s hob-nobbing with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh…

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  • Look East, Talk East but not Act East!

    Jaswant Singh, the now bedridden and out of favour Bharatiya Janata Party veteran, was once holding forth on Hindu influence in Indonesia when Paul D Wolfowitz, then George W Bush’s Bahasa-speaking deputy defence secretary and a future American ambassador to Indonesia, murmured Rabindranath Tagore’s enigmatic comment on that country, “I see India everywhere but find…

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  • Great kings should not talk face-to-face

    The on-again off-again on-again United States-North Korea summit recalls a scene from a BBC television series on the Crusades. When England’s Richard, the Lion Heart, wants to meet Saladin, the Muslim chief says great kings should not talk face-to-face until all disagreements have been removed. Bearing that in mind, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have…

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