Free Press Journal
  • Takes grit to push radical reforms

    The Moody’s upgrade of India has, quite predictably, drawn sharply partisan responses. This is not surprising in view of the mini election season. The results, when they are finally announced on December 18, may not suggest a close fight. However, in the midst of an election campaign, all elections appear to be very bitterly contested,…

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  • The beginning of ethical cleansing: From Swachch Bharat to Demonetisation

    Shortly after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election earlier this summer, an Opposition stalwart confessed his intense bewilderment at having misread the public mood. Active in politics since the early 1970s and a veteran legislator both in the State Assembly and Parliament, he imagined that the demonetisation of November 8, 2016 would have generated a backlash…

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  • 1917 Revolution: Follies should not be repeated

    If the world I knew till my youth was intact, the world would have been preparing for a grand and memorable celebration of the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution on November 7. The Soviet Union, as the immediate post-War generation was only too aware, was the great superpower rival to the United States. Its’ reach…

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  • India has a unique cocktail character

    Sometimes it takes a foreigner to bluntly state the obvious. President Donald Trump’s comments at a Diwali celebration at the White House was, obviously, principally aimed at the American Hindus who have contributed immeasurably to their country of adoption. However, it was equally directed at India, the country in which Diwali is more than a…

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  • Each institution must perform its own duties

    There is a larger battle being fought between those who believe that the main task of the judiciary is to safeguard laws made by the elected representatives of the people and those who feel that judges must also set the direction of politics. It is not a new battle and centres on different philosophies of…

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  • 10 takeaways from PM Narendra Modi’s power push, his latest poll jumla

    No real long-term damage to Modi Government

    For the government, however, there has been no real long-term damage. The fine tuning of the GST was overdue and has at least lifted the spirits of the karyakartas. Equally, Amit Shah’s participation in the protests against the Red terror in Kannur was important in galvanising BJP cadres in places where the party still has…

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  • Modi government was elected to transform India

    The important thing is not to be in denial over the problems of governance but to attend to them as soon as they surface. However, under no circumstances can the Modi government take its eye off its long-term New India project. Modi was elected to transform India, not merely to manage the status quo. In…

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    Mamata’s balancing act in handling of festivals

    The spat between the West Bengal government and a few Hindu organisations over the suspension of the Durga immersion on October 1, which coincides with Muharram, has attracted widespread attention. With the Kolkata High Court intervening, as it did last year over exactly the same issue, and clearing the decks for Durga immersions without any…

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  • Modi govt’s focus on making life better

    It is only in recent times that a change has been detected. Arguably, Narendra Modi was the first politician who made us consciously aware of the shift in Indian attitudes. Modernity is no longer shunned; it has become a point of aspiration.  Indians are no longer content to see themselves as a struggling Third World…

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  • Dumping unwanted citizens on neighbours

    Solidarity with the beleaguered Rohingyas in the Rakhine province of Myanmar happens to be the flavour of the season among those in Western Europe who are forever in search of issues that provoke indignation. The cause of the Rohingyas is also deliciously appetising because it involves destroying the halo around Aung San Suu Kyi who…

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  • Spirited resistance to a sturdy foundation

    Like lawyers, economists also like to go by precedents. As such, it is not surprising that India’s demonetisation exercise didn’t find favour with the more celebrate practitioners of the discipline. No functioning economy—and a growing one at that—had tried it before, and it seemed too audacious a move. In any case, demonetisation hadn’t featured on…

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    Privacy judgment to open floodgates

    The unintended but inevitable consequence of last week’s emphatic Supreme Court judgment on a citizen’s right to privacy is that it will open the floodgates of litigation. Some of these, such as the challenge to Aadhar and the assault on the archaic legislation criminalising homosexuality, were inbuilt into the Supreme Court case. These will now…

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