Free Press Journal
  • Student election isn’t a political referendum

    Political parties are quite naturally inclined to talk up their successes and underplay the significance of setbacks. Under the circumstances, the elation in the BJP over the ABVP’s victory in three of the four elected posts for the Delhi University Student’s Union is understandable. Likewise, it is also entirely predictable that the Congress has blamed…

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  • Section 377 verdict: Ramifications of an unexceptionable verdict

    Last Thursday, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court modified Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and decriminalised homosexuality involving consensual adults. It was a welcome decision that involved modifying laws to keep pace with the shifting moral codes of society. More to the point, it conferred a certain dignity of life to individuals…

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  • Narendra Modi has made India a more law abiding society

    The debate over the impact of demonetisation on the Indian economy and, for that fact, society, is unlikely to conclude in a hurry. Economists — who have a remarkable track record of getting their diagnosis and prescriptions all wrong — are unlikely to budge from their belief that disruptions and surprises are not good for…

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  • Pot of discord being stirred against Narendra Modi

    There will always be different versions of the story behind the Rs 700 crore aid that was reportedly offered to Kerala for its post-flood relief and reconstruction by the government of the United Arab Emirates. The story, which began with a social media communication from the Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, took an interesting turn…

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  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee was no jaded carbon copy of a liberal

    One of the great tragedies of modern India is the relative absence of a sense of history. In television, this is often translated into a lack of footage. Consequently, when the life of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India’s venerable former Prime Minister died on August 16 after a prolonged illness, it was made out that the…

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    Politics 2018 is like whistling in the dark

    Much has been made, mainly in the media, at the NDA Government’s success in securing the victory of its candidate—Janata Dal (United) MP Harivansh—for the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Considering that the government does not have a working majority in the Upper House and has often been confronted with defeats or…

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  • Assam NRC List: Showing nation’s concerns to citizens first

    During the various fierce discussions on the draft report of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, some angry MPs warned that the stateless status of nearly 40 lakh people presently resident in the state would escalate into a global problem. They were not wrong. The high number of people that have, as yet, not…

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  • Excessive media hype over no-trust vote

    There are many privileges of being in Parliament. The one I cherish the most is the special access that allows me to gauge the thinking of the political class. Convivial conversations with MPs, cutting across the party divide, is invaluable in sensing the mood. In recent days, as political reporting in the media has become…

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  • A melodramatic hug and a tell-tale wink

    The emphatic victory of the Narendra Modi government in the no-confidence motion moved by the Telugu Desam Party was creditable. But it does not detract from the fact that the trial of strength in the Lok Sabha was not really about overthrowing the government and triggering a general election some six months before schedule. It…

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    More the merrier in silly season

    In many countries of the West, there exists a ‘silly season’, the time most natives pack their bags and go off on their sacrosanct summer holidays. It is also a time, Parliament goes into recess and there is a break from politics. In official India, holidays are regarded as avoidable luxuries, best reserved for inescapable…

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  • Difficult case of asylum seekers & Germany

    These are troubling days for Germany. Last Wednesday evening, Germany found itself eliminated from the football World Cup being played in Moscow after a surprise defeat against South Korea. It was a moment of national dejection, a time of intense sadness in a country where soccer is an obsession. Simultaneously, the country faced intense political…

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  • India is no longer on UK fast track

    Last week, there was a strong undercurrent of indignation in middle class India over the exclusion of India from the list of countries approved by the United Kingdom for quick processing of student visas. In theory, this should have been a non-issue. All countries have an inalienable and sovereign right to decide who to let…

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