Free Press Journal
  • Pakistan terror watch a win

    The action of the G-7 sponsored Financial Action Task Force (FATF)’s just-concluded plenary in Paris of putting Pakistan on the grey list, submitting it to intense scrutiny on terror financing is a shot in the arm for India, which has been facing the brunt of Pakistani financing of terror in Kashmir. That it has been operationalised, thanks to intense US pressure, is an encouraging signal of Indo-US bonding. A last-minute consensus was arrived at

  • Karnataka Assembly elections 2018: JD(S) key in Karnataka

    Even as the Congress and the BJP are fighting it out to snatch victory in the impending high-prestige Assembly elections in Karnataka, there is a third force which could play a crucial role in the event of a hung assembly. It is indeed not inconceivable at all that neither party may get an absolute majority. The balancing force could well be the Janata Dal (Secular) led by former prime minister Deve Gowda

  • Systemic cure of PNB scam is required

    The mistake made by Narendra Modi  is that we have unnecessarily  expanded the role of the government  in the provision of private goods.

  • Tripura assembly election 2018: Eyeing the red citadel of Tripura

    It may be the end of the road for the red revolution that never happened. Heaven forbid but it may also mean a revival of the horrendous ethnic bloodshed that convulsed Tripura in 1980. Amit Shah sidestepped that core conflict on the eve of the election when he urged all his “brothers and sisters of Tripura to come out and vote in large numbers”, saying their “vote will lay the foundation of

  • Kamal Hassan

    Chachi 420 as politician

    The death of J Jayalalithaa encouraged the two matinee idols of Tamil cinema, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, to give vent to their political ambitions. On Wednesday, Haasan finally floated his party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (Peoples’ Justice Centre). Rajinikanth is still waiting. Both actors seem to believe that in the post-Jayalalithaa period there is a vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics, with the ruling AIADMK certain to suffer from the lack of a popular

  • The general does it again

    It is not for a serving army chief to comment on political matters. Even if he feels strongly about a situation resulting from bad political management which impinges on national security, he should ideally voice his concerns to the political executive behind closed doors. Admittedly, there have been occasions in the past when incumbent service chiefs have not strictly observed the norm, but the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat seems to be

  • Nirav Modi

    Publicity interest litigants should be heard, too

    Three judges of the apex court reportedly questioned  Dhanda this week about his temerity to ask attorney general K K Venugopal why he objected to the filing of a PIL seeking an SIT probe for the deportation of Modi. Dhanda’s aged father came and stood behind him after the judges remarked the PIL was a publicity interest litigation.

  • Social media: Hard nut for Election body

    The Election Commission courted avoidable controversy during the Gujarat polls for its failure to implement Model Code of Conduct effectively inviting charges (from the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party) of it being biased towards the BJP. Between April and December, key states like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan will vote and it will be in the interest of constitutional democracy that the Commission lives up to its reputation of an internationally acclaimed

  • AAP on suicide mission

    What have we come to? On Tuesday, the Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash filed a complaint with the police that he was assaulted by the ruling Aam Aadmi Party legislators in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia at midnight the previous day. The police have converted the complaint into an FIR and taken into custody the two MLAs who allegedly hit Prakash.

  • India’s GDP growth isn’t as good as it seems

    In the recently tabled Economic Survey 2018, the government noted that “A series of major reforms undertaken over the past year will allow real GDP growth to reach 6.75 percent this fiscal and will rise to 7 to 7.5 percent in 2018-19, thereby re-instating India as the world’s fastest growing major economy.”

  • Wise to mend fences with Trudeau

    Two world leaders were in India in the last few days — Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

  • Trudeau trumps votes over ties with India

    At one level, it is rude not to acknowledge the presence of an honoured guest amidst you with the customary welcome, And when the visitor happens to be a head of a government of an important foreign country, it is expected that the usual protocols of diplomacy would come into play. Oddly enough, India has given a stiff cold shoulder to the visiting Canadian prime minister.