Free Press Journal
  • Trump wooed, but still a long way to go

    While civility and protocol dictated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump should seem to foster Indo-US relations, the body language of the two world leaders at their first meeting since Trump took office indicated that the bonhomie seen between them was not just for the cameras.  Indeed, there was an air of genuineness about it which put into the shade some earlier points of disagreement. Evidently, Modi succeeded in establishing

  • Modesty outside dictionaries of both Mamata and Gurung

    One reason why the bruising political deadlock persists in Darjeeling and north Bengal hill districts is that both adversaries – the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) – indulge in unbridled political opportunism. Both parties are led by two individuals who, despite their present visceral hatred towards each other, have more in common than they would care to admit. It also needs stressing they were the closest of allies until 2012-13.

  • Iftar with President sans saffron tinge

    Apparently, not a single Bharatiya Janata Party dignitary showed up at the President’s traditional iftar at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Given that boycott, it may be pointless to ask whether the current spurt of cow vigilante activism is a genuine attempt to prevent beef consumption or simply an excuse to attack Muslims who seem to be unwanted in a country that is steadily becoming more Bharat than India. It’s to be noted in this context that

  • China piqued at Indo-US strategic thrust

    Even before the Donald Trump-Narendra Modi summit got underway in Washington DC, Pakistani and Chinese exasperation over Indo-US bonhomie was clearly manifest. There was a sense of apprehension that the China-Pakistan game of establishing Chinese hegemony over much of the international waterways in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, controlling trade routes, could face stiff challenge. The tone and tenor of the Chinese response to Modi’s US visit indeed let

  • Modi mesmerizes Indian diaspora yet again

    One of the glorious success stories of Narendra Modi’s prime ministership in the three years that he has been in office has been the excellent rapport he has built up with the Indian diaspora in countries that he has visited, especially in the developed world, be it the US, Canada, UK, Australia and Germany. His powerful oratory and his disarming style have won him numerous admirers and silenced many of his diehard

  • Why Maharaja – drain on public money – must go

    WITH such huge debt on its books, any private airline would have been forced to close shop long ago. Kingfisher is a well known example; it had an unpaid debt of 9,000 crore. But Air India has survived on write-offs and fresh infusion of funds through equity

  • Kovind represents archetypal self-made man

    THE symbolism offered by the occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan is important but limited. As we have seen earlier, the Presidential election has rarely impacted wider politics. The only exception was V.V. Giri’s narrow victory over Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy in 1969 which paved the way for Indira Gandhi’s successful revolt against the so-called Syndicate in the Congress.

  • Terror has hit schools, colleges calendar hard

    Early Sunday, a 16-hour gunbattle between security forces and terrorists in one of the biggest schools in Jammu and Kashmir—Delhi Public School, Srinagar—in which two terrorists were gunned down, has focussed attention on how terrorists sent across the border from Pakistan have been paralyzing education in the State.  According to report by IndiaSpend, over the last one year, schools and colleges in the Valley have remained shut for six out of every

  • Drones deal with US will be kingpin

    All eyes are on Monday’s summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump as the two world leaders prepare to meet, essentially to get to know each other and to set the tone for the future. While Trump makes no bones about his ‘America First’ policy, Modi swears by ‘Make in India.’ Modi had struck up a fine rapport with Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, but Trump is evidently a

  • Let’s Not Forget About Direct Tax Reform

    The nationwide rollout of the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a historic occasion, however imperfect its beginning. It is the biggest reform in indirect taxes. It arose as a grand bargain reached by consensus between twenty-nine States of India and the Centre. It represents the true spirit of cooperative federalism, a term popularised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Each party to the grand bargain gave up their respective taxation rights

  • Farcical trial of Jadhav gets more murky

    The farcical trial of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav in a military court in Pakistan continues to mock the criminal justice system in that country where military courts dispense justice at will without the civil courts being allowed to intervene.