Free Press Journal
  • Probe panel ascribes deaths to oxygen shortage

    The probe panel which was appointed by the Uttar Pradesh government to go into the deaths of over 60 children in a Gorakhpur hospital has confirmed that there was lack of oxygen for the patients and has blamed ‘financial irregularities’ at the hospital for the delay in payments to the oxygen supplier. One can only hope that at least now the Yogi Adityanath government would stop harping on lack of oxygen not being a

  • Decks cleared for AIADMK merger

    The decks have been cleared for the merger of the two factions of the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu with Chief Minister E. Palaniswami announcing that a judicial probe will be conducted into the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who had died mysteriously in a Chennai hospital on December 5 last year. After Jayalalithaa’s protégé V.K. Sasikala’s nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran was ousted from the post of deputy general secretary of the party recently,

  • Chief Justices dogged by controversies

    Two controversies dogged the judiciary this month which did not make it to the news columns of the major newspapers. The first was that Punjab MP Harinder Singh Khalsa’s  writ petition challenging Justice Dipak Misra’s being sworn in as the 45th chief justice of India (CJI) will become infructuous because there is no doubt that the soft-spoken Justice Misra will be sworn in on August 27  and will head the Indian judicial family till

  • Patriotism does not need ‘song’ test

    Patriotism is too sublime and spontaneous an emotion to inhabit the narrow confines of a song; or to be tethered to catchwords; to be held captive by a political discourse that is tribal and toxic; and to be anchored to an idiom of hate. Provoking a community — which took a conscious decision not to migrate to Pakistan at the time of partition — and subjecting it to a patriotic ‘song test’ is absurd;

  • Trump’s subtle message to Beijing on India

    By all accounts, US President Donald Trump’s telephonic call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to wish him on India’s Independence Day was designed to send out a message to China which has been flexing its muscles in different ways with both the US and India. The announcement after the conversation that India and US have resolved to “elevate their strategic consultations” was a subtle warning to the Chinese not to mess around by browbeating

  • Combatting Chinese forays and digital snooping

    Reports that even as the nation was celebrating 70 years of Independence on Tuesday, Chinese troops tried to cross the Line of Actual Control near Pangong Lake in Ladakh, are disconcerting but it is some relief that there was no firing from either side. There was only a scuffle as their attempts were thwarted by alert Indian troops. After Chinese troopers found their path blocked by Indian soldiers who formed a human chain, they

  • Two cheers for decisions on education

    There are times when, in the din of sloganeering about what has gone wrong, people overlook the good that is being done. One sector that needs to be highlighted here is education. No, education standards haven’t improved. No, politicisation of educational institutions and course material hasn’t stopped. But look a bit carefully. There are signs that the government is actually doing things to the educational system which could augur well for India.

  • Fence-sitters gravitating towards the BJP

    The days of treating the BJP as an untouchable and the hypocrisy of shunning the saffron outfit because it was deemed to be a communal party are long over. The 2014 general elections were a revelation for the Congress and the 2019 one may well be a bigger denouement.

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    Not right for UP clerics to resist anthem

    It is most unfortunate that some Muslim organizations gave out a directive to madrassas (Islamic schools) to bar children from singing the national anthem on Independence Day. Such action which militates against the national spirit is reprehensible and ill-advised. While some clerics can be blamed for their brazen order, the Yogi Adityanath government in U.P. only worsened matters by singling out madrassas to be videographed to determine whether the students there were singing the

  • Modi holds out olive branch to Kashmiris

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conciliatory approach towards the people of Kashmir, acknowledging that bullets or abuses will not help resolve their problems and a change needs to take place by embracing all Kashmiris, was a significant aspect of his Independence Day address on Tuesday. This should set at rest speculation that his government is set to remove in any precipitate action the special status that Kashmir enjoys.

  • Gorakhpur tragedy: Do we value life?

    The Health Care System in Uttar Pradesh has failed the people and chief minister Yogi Adityanath must accept responsibility for the death of about 70 kids so far at the Baba Raghav Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur.

  • Good girls go out at night and party too

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address covered a range of contemporary issues, from national security and the war on corruption to the en masse death of children in a Gorakhpur hospital. The increasing incidence of attacks on women in public spaces, however, did not figure.