Free Press Journal
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    Should Narendra Modi trust Americans?

    India’s foreign policy options in respect of Russia, China, Iran and other countries with which the United States has problematic relations, will now be closely watched. Will Narendra Modi have the courage or subtlety with which P V Narasimha Rao handled the case of the Cuban rice? New Delhi’s latest pact with Washington confirms again…

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  • UK facing political crisis

    Long before he became US president, Richard Nixon observed after touring India that the wonder was not that India was badly governed but that it was governed at all. That remark could more appropriately be made now about Britain in which both the ruling and opposition parties are torn apart by bitter internal wars. As…

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  • Irish PM keeps religion separate from politics

    There is a lesson for India in the modernising mission that Leo Eric Varadkar, the half-Indian Taoiseach or prime minister of Ireland, has undertaken without severing links with religious orthodoxy. Last weekend Mr Varadkar made a powerful plea for rational enlightenment while hosting Pope Francis on a historic two-day visit. No country has rejected religious…

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  • Donald Trump hell-bent on isolating the US

    The world may not be against the United States but three countries – Turkey, Russia and Iran – have good reason to be. Add Donald Trump’s $717 billion defence bill aimed at China, bickering over trade with the European Union, and the grim challenge of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and one…

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  • 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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