Free Press Journal
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    Huge disparities in economy bode ill for India and world

    In a world bedevilled by serious disparities and inequalities, a recent study by human rights group Oxfam ahead of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, has confirmed the worst fears that while the rich are getting richer, the poor are turning poorer.

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    UP elections 2017: SP-Congress pact dampens BJP spirits

    The Election Commission decision to allot the cycle symbol to the Akhilesh faction of the Samajwadi Party consequent upon its verdict that the group led by Akhilesh is the real Samajwadi party has overnight strengthened its position vis-a-vis the Mulayam Singh Yadav group. It has paved the way for an alliance between SP and the Congress under Akhilesh Yadav’s leadership and heightened the prospect of a ‘mahagathbandhan’ of the type that was forged in


    Rohingya Muslims jihadi link worrisome

    Around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims belonging originally to Myanmar, have settled in India after being hounded out by Myanmar authorities and they are spread over eight states with a substantial number in Jammu. Indian intelligence officials are worried that some Rohingyas settled in Jammu, have got training under jihadis in Pakistan and Afghanistan and they are a threat to the Indian security in this sensitive region. Sources say that the concerned activists have international jihadi

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    Ruminations on re-moo-netisation

    De-moo-netisation, or cow deprivation, was a terrible crime in ancient India, when ownership of cattle was the measure of wealth. Kings gained karma points by gifting cows to brahmans. Conversely, a king stealing a cow from a brahman got it in the neck, as we learn from the story of King Kartavirya, who nobbled Sage Jamadagni’s cow and got his head chopped off by Parasuram.

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    Delhi paedophile needs deterrent punishment

    The shocking confession by a 38-year-old Delhi tailor Sunil Rastogi – who was arrested for attempting to molest two minor girls – that he had sexually abused around 500 kids almost unchecked over a 12-year period is a sad commentary on our social system and our policing. The police claim that during the period he had attempted assault on more than 2,500 minors and had even been jailed for six months in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand,

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    Shot in the arm for Akhilesh in Samajwadi Party tangle

    The Election Commission’s decision to give the cycle symbol of the Samajwadi Party to the Akhilesh Yadav faction of the party is a major blow to the Mulayam Singh Yadav group with the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh round the corner. In what amounts to a big humiliation and a setback to his hopes, Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was the party’s founder, has been completely marginalised in the new scheme of things.

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    Humbug of “minority-friendly Pakistan”

    The US academic C.Christine Fair pretty much summed up Pakistani dissemble in a one-liner: the Pakistanis tell very pleasant lies to impress and influence their interlocutors.

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    BJP favoured by lower echelons?

    IF we assume that a section of the BJP’s traditional supporters in the places municipal polls were held, shied away from supporting the party, it implies that newer voters must have rallied behind Modi. This in turn raises an interesting possibility: has demonetisation changed the nature of support for the BJP and made the party more acceptable to those lower down the income ladder? The BJP was always a party that epitomised middle class

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    Deter defiance of Apex Court on Jallikattu

    It is unfortunate that the bull-taming sport of Jallikattu is being played in Tamil Nadu despite the recent ban by the Supreme Court. Defiance of the highest court in the country is an unhealthy practice and must be eschewed scrupulously. If principal political parties connive in it as they are doing in Tamil Nadu as part of vote bank politics, it is an encouragement to lawlessness that needs to be nipped in the bud. 

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    Pakistan n-missiles are no laughing matter

    The rising range and variety of Pakistan’s missile capability is a matter of deep concern not only to India but also the world at large.  Alarm bells have been triggered off even in Washington with the Shaheen-III missile tested in 2015 having a range of 2,750 km with Israel in its range, along with several European countries. That has indeed set the US strategic community thinking.

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    What to expect from Union Budget 2017-18

    THE budget will be presented against the backdrop of a moderation of CPI inflation rate (3.41 per cent in December 2016 as compared with 5.61 per cent in December 2015) and slackening of growth (7.1 per cent in 2016-17 as compared with 7.6 per cent in 2015-16).

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    Third year the real test for Narendra Modi

    The last two and half years have seen a marked reluctance on prime minister Modi’s part to drive home this parliamentary advantage. On the floor of the house, more time has been spent on explaining as to why he should not speak than the time he has spent speaking. Nowhere was the reluctance more forthcoming than in the non-debate on demonetisation, where his intervention could have easily silenced all criticism.