Free Press Journal
  • Trump’s outreach to Saudis at Iran’s cost

    US President Donald Trump’s first visit abroad as President to Saudi Arabia has fuelled tension between the Saudis and Iran rather than seeking to ease West Asian rivalry. It has indeed heightened the internecine battle between the Teheran-led Shia block and the Riyadh-led Sunnis. With Trump announcing a $110 billion arms package for the Saudis, job creation for Americans may get a boost but the shift in policy marks the death knell of his

  • Award for Major Gogoi a slap for Omar Abdullah

    The contrasting reactions of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh on the commendation certificate given to Major Leetul Gogoi by the army chief for forcing a civilian to sit on his jeep’s bonnet as a “human shield” to rescue over a dozen security and election personnel from a stone-pelting mob in Jammu and Kashmir in April speak for themselves. Omar, a Congress ally, wanted the army

  • Devotees must find a worthy guru

    Sexual exploitation of women by godmen is a recurring theme in India’s crime chronicles. Rarely are the godmen held accountable, least of all by their own followers. Even when the evidence against the guru in question is substantive enough to merit judicial custody, his flock suffers no diminution of faith. Crying rape against a godman takes courage, because the victim runs the risk of provoking his followers or at best, being ignored. The young

  • Modi’s not so good three years

    The deliverables of the Narendra Modi government on completing three years in office two days later on May 26 with focus on development through “sab ka saath, sab ka vikas” has been poor. It has also been found lacking on the human development front.

  • Stalin deeper into high-stakes battle

    The weak-kneed administration of Chief Minister Palaniswami in Tamil Nadu with former chief minister O Panneerselvam nibbling at his political base has, by default, kindled new hope in DMK heir-apparent M.K. Stalin. So long as J. Jayalalithaa was on the scene, Stalin was lying low, having been mauled in the last Assembly elections. The mere presence of Jayalalithaa was enough to keep him at arm’s length. But with her untimely demise, he stands greatly

  • BELARUS-ENERGY-NUCLEAR-POWER-ENVIRONMENT

    Nuclear, solar power both hold the key

    The Modi government’s decision to ramp up generation of nuclear power with indigenous reactors is pragmatic and sensible but it has come after six years of wild goose chase in which we went after foreign reactors which proved to be of no avail. In retrospect, the Manmohan-George Bush partnership in the shape of the Indo-US nuclear deal just amounted to going around in circles as precious time was wasted on the domestic front in

  • Like China, India must protect its interests

    INDIA needs to not only remove all impediments and obstacles that are holding back its own economic potential but also become pro-active diplomatically to balance China by entering into agreements and alliances – both economic and strategic – with countries that share the same concerns.

  • Theresa May’s manifesto and the evolving conservatism

    A casual visitor to Britain – and there a lots of them each summer – will be forgiven for not being aware, except in the media, that the country is in the midst of a general election campaign. Unlike India where electoral politics is a great festival and, often, a wonderful tamasha, election campaigns in European countries are increasingly becoming a bit too discreet for my tastes. This year’s British election is likely to

  • High time separatists pay for their sins

    It is strange why it has taken so long for the intelligence in Kashmir to unravel how key members of the Kashmiri separatist group Hurriyat have been receiving funds from Pakistani sources such as Lashkar-e-Tayyeba’s notorious leader Hafiz Saeed to foment violence in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Suffice it to say that better late than never that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found, albeit through a TV news channel, recorded

  • Towards a new small arms production policy

    It is shocking that it has taken the Indian establishment decades to realize that by being forced to import 65 per cent if its military requirement it can be strategically choked by foreign powers at any time. The Narendra Modi government’s decision to involve the private sector to produce cutting-edge weapon systems in collaboration with armament majors abroad through joint ventures is a worthy move which should have come years ago. The

  • Some thorny issues on ‘game changer’ GST

    THE success of the GST depends also on the backbone of technological infrastructure and critically on the Goods and Services Tax Network, or the GSTN, which is an entirely IT-based system. A separate GSTN company has been formed.  GSTN has selected 34 IT, IT-enabled services and financial technology companies, the so-called GST Suvidha Providers (GSPs), who would develop applications for taxpayers interacting with the GSTN.

  • Fate of Kulbhushan still hangs in balance

    THE Pakistani counsel, Barrister Khawar Qureshi, told the ICJ that, in any case under Pakistani law, no execution could be carried out till the end of August. So whether Jadhav’s life is safe till the end of August because of the ICJ ‘stay’ or because of the provisions of Pakistani law remains a matter of personal speculation.  However, this seems to be an after-thought and a face-saving statement, as during the argument