Free Press Journal
  • Supreme Court nails lies and liars

    The much-awaited Supreme Court judgment in the Judge Loya case is a clear slap on those who seek to rope in the judiciary for pushing their own partisan political agendas. Ruling categorically and forcefully that there was no mystery surrounding the death of Justice B H Loya, and that he died of natural causes, a three-member bench of CJI Dipak Misra, Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, also rebuked the

  • Interpreting saffron conspiracy theories

    The RSS top brass is expected to meet in Pune this week for a five-day brainstorming session to discuss, inter alia, the “divisive forces that are creating a divide in the society”. That the powerful RSS that controls the BJP and Modi government has decided to deliberate this issue at its chintan baithak betrays a certain level of edginess in the pariwar hierarchy ahead of the 2019 general election. If some BJP

  • Curtains fall on Judge Loya death forever

    The dismissal of the PILs seeking an independent probe into the alleged “mysterious” death of Judge B H Loya came close on the heels of the same bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud declaring the CJI could assign any case to any bench of his choice. Questioning the CJI is scandalous and erodes judicial independence.

  • Good idea, bad timing

    These are tense times. Trust between the Opposition and the ruling party has vanished completely. Both suspect each other’s motives. The absence of engagement, formal and informal, has led them to fear the worst from each other. In such a dire climate, a give and take on a matter of huge importance, requiring close cooperation and coordination at the political and government levels, is unthinkable. In this context, the suggestion of the

  • Cash Crunch: ATMs have a quirky connection with Karnataka

    ‘Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe,’ says the Bible. Then, if ‘no money in the ATM’ is a ‘sign’, it will require a doomsday scenario to turn the phenomena into a ‘wonder’. Rahul Gandhi and Derek O’Brien term it a ‘Financial Emergency’. “But where are the facts to substantively advance that theory?” asks Alec Smart, not aware that Arnab Goswami had said much the same the night before

  • Now, private banks too are getting tarnished

    Stories about wheeling dealing that managements of private sector banks have indulged in have suddenly put dragged such banks into the spotlight. Hitherto, the focus was on mismanagement of public sector banks (PSBs). Private bank managers could look down smugly at PSBs and sneer. Most analysts had even begun to demand privatisation of PSBs.

  • Rationalising the election cycle

    School teachers dread elections, with good reason. Deploying school staff on election duty inconveniences both, faculty members and students, interrupting academic schedules and piling additional stress on teachers who are already stuck with non-academic duties like census-taking. This, despite a 2007 Supreme Court ruling against election duty for teachers on working days.

  • Cash Crunch: RBI slips up again?

    The currency crunch in parts of the country, with ATMs running empty in several places, underlines mismanagement by the central bank. Before undertaking a five-fold increase in the production of Rs 500 notes, currency managers ought to have anticipated the likelihood of disruption. Amidst reports of hoarding of Rs 2000 notes, ahead of the Karnataka and other Assembly elections this year, and the Lok Sabha election next year, provision of adequate currency

  • Will there be a Yechury-Vijayan showdown at 22nd CPI-M party Congress?

    Having won the first round in the battle for supremacy in the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is unlikely let slip his advantage as he takes on party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury at the 22nd party Congress, which began in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

  • Mecca Masjid blast case: Trial period alone serves as punishment?

    The acquittal of all the five accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case by the NIA special court in Hyderabad on Monday is bound to prove controversial. The judge Ravinder Reddy noted — not unlike the special CBI judge in the 2-G scam case —that “the prosecution could not prove the case because no evidence was presented to prove the conspiracy” behind the blasts which killed nine persons and injured 58

  • Syria air strikes bring bonanza to select companies

    Since President Trump announced that he intended to bomb Syria, the stock values of some of the country’s top weapons manufacturers have soared, adding a collective $10 billion in market capitalization values over the course of just one week. With Trump delivering on his promise this weekend, the rally on Wall Street continues.

  • Playing politics over atrocities

    With atrocities against the Dalits unabating, there are indications they are gearing up for the crucial battle at the hustings aimed at rattling the BJP in next year’s general elections. Far fetched as it might seem at this juncture, it has the portends of pushing the ruling NDA at the Centre on its backfoot.