Free Press Journal
  • Acid test in Kashmir

    Among the myriad challenges the BJP faces for its comeback in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, there is none as demanding as the situation in Kashmir. Having withdrawn support to the PDP-BJP government in Srinagar, the BJP would be keenly watched to see if it comes through the ordeal of fire under Governor’s rule unscathed. That would indeed be no mean task. The first strand of the challenge would be the successful

  • Not wise to jump into trade war

    The showdown on trade unleashed by US president Donald Trump by hiking tariffs on steel and aluminium exported to India and the Indian retaliatory measures with duties on 29 items imported from the US adding up to almost the same value, must be defused before it escalates further. There is no doubt that Trump is rash but his brinkmanship needs to be tackled with tact and diplomacy rather than escalating what is

  • Flow of the Ganga under Manmohan & Modi

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh used to say “Ganga is my mother”. Similarly, soon after assuming the office of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi said that “Ganga has called me, now we don’t have to take anything from the Ganga and only have to give it”. Let us see what the two have done for the Ganga.

  • Unable to crack the caste calculus

    No one expected the infamy of the Kilvenmani massacre on Christmas Day of 1968 when Tamil Nadu landlords or their agents slaughtered 44 landless Dalit women and children whose families had struck work ever to be repeated. But the May 28 murder of three men of the Devendrakula Vellalar Scheduled Caste community in Kachanathan village, also in Tamil Nadu, by 20 Agamudayars (listed as Other Backward Class) wasn’t very different. The difference

  • Sheer brazenness of Chanda Kochhar

    The pose of injured innocence which the disgraced ICICI Bank managing director and chief executive officer, Chanda Kochhar, seeks to affect does not impress anyone. Not after the sordid facts in the public domain which speak of a clear conflict of interest in the bank’s dealings under her watch with the Videocon group and her husband’s web of companies. If she really felt wronged by the charges when they first surfaced in

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    US President Donald Trump faces opposition on immigration policy

    Even the haughty and arrogant Donald Trump, the seemingly self-assured US President, bluffing his way through domestic and global affairs and leaving a trail of disruption and chaos behind him, has been made to bow before the moral outrage summoned by his critics and some of his own party men against separation of little children from their parents. In the name of fighting illegal immigration, Trump had forcibly ejected out some two

  • Facing criticism by UN over Kashmir

    India’s human rights record in Kashmir is under the scanner of the UN Human Rights Council. It is not that India has not been criticised for its action in Kashmir earlier but never by the UN. What is more, the report called for an independent UN investigation on abuses in the valley. This happens only in case of major violations as in on going civil war in Syria, brutalties on Rohingyas in

  • Will government have the last word on Justice Ranjan Gogoi?

    So, Justice Ranjan Gogoi will become the next chief justice of India (CJI) after Dipak Misra demits office on October 2, if law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is to be believed, setting at rest speculation that he is persona non grata for the Narendra Modi government as CJI after he jointly addressed the media with his seniormost colleagues in January this year.

  • Fall of the opposites into a blind alley

    It was an extraordinary alliance which took everyone by surprise when three years ago the BJP and the Peoples’ Democratic Party joined hands to break the impasse of a hung Assembly and formed the Government under the late Mufti Mohammed Syed. The diametrically opposite poles in J and K politics had joined hands, as they claimed, in the larger interests of the troubled State. The move elicited a muted welcome all around

  • India needs to be wary of foxy China

    India can ill afford to be coy with China. The Chinese are spreading their tentacles all across Asia and there cannot be any escape from confrontation with it unless this country surrenders to the hegemonic designs of the dragon.

  • Bad loans: Advantage NBFCs & private banks

    Last week, in his annual letter to shareholders of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Uday Kotak, the managing director, stated that private sector banks could increase their market share to as much as 50%. Till a few years ago, private sector banks were expected to carve out a market share of around 32% by 2025.

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    PM Narendra Modi’s green mission is lost in haze

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a self-declared environment buff. His government’s policy on environment, however, is as hazy as the toxic dust cloud which enveloped Delhi in the first half of June, trapping megajoules of heat until the streets sizzled. For a week, Delhi’s collective lungs sucked in more hot dust than oxygen.