Free Press Journal
  • Editorial, RSS, Myth and Reality, RSS, Mohan Bhagwat

    RSS: Myth and Reality

    What the RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat said in his three-day outreach programme in the national capital beginning last Monday, is so unexceptionable, indeed, so wholesome, that you are left wondering what the controversy is all about the 92-year-old-organisation. He forthrightly explained his position on the very issues which the RSS’s critics invariably raise to dub it fascist. There was nothing fascist in his views frankly expressed before an invited audience which was

  • Olav Albuquerque, Religion, Gender Neutrality, mockery, God, God's name, caste, nirvana

    Religion makes a mockery of gender neutrality

    Man created God in his own image to subjugate women and others whom he classified as inferior. He stratified society into castes and classes in God’s name, to create a monopolistic industry again in God’s name, to ensure a few women surrendered their bodies and souls to their gurus to achieve nirvana — sometimes fulfilled in carnal desire.

  • G Ramachandram, Ordinance, Triple Talaq, Indian Constitution, Triple Talaq Verdict

    Ordinance on triple talaq ill-conceived

    The practice of instant triple talk is an enslavement of women that no civilised nation can accept. It violates the fundamental right to equality guaranteed in the Indian constitution. In a landmark majority judgment on August 24, 2017, a five-judge Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court has rightly declared it as arbitrary, unislamic and unconstitutional.

  • editorial, BJP, oppositions, Lok Sabha Elections, Narendra Modi,

    Several fault lines in Opposition help BJP

    The countdown to the Lok Sabha elections may have begun but the question “Modi versus Who” continues to remain a riddle in the absence of a strong Opposition challenger. As of now it is an unequal war — between Brand Modi and Brand Rahul — with the former having an edge that, though, is slowly ebbing. The BJP-led government has lost lustre in the last four-and-a-half years and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • Belated merger but welcome

    For over four years, the Government did virtually nothing to push the economic reforms, focusing, instead, on the nuts and bolts of the economic system, fixing leakages, removing bottlenecks and trying to work the inherited economic engine as well as it could. The disinvestment process was halted, the public sector was sought to be freed from government controls in the hope that it would turn the corner. It did not. Air India

  • Slums show disrespect of politicians for democracy

    Legislators are supposed to uphold the Constitution. That includes a commitment to democracy, to free and fair elections. Unfortunately, India’s slums are testimony to the fact that politicians do not believe in free and fair elections. They believe in grabbing power, even if it means buying votes, or worse, marginalising other voters.

  • Evolved outlook, character & style of RSS

    RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Rao Bhagwat’s three-day lecture series in New Delhi titled “Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective” is significant, representing as it does the organisation’s first effort at public outreach on such a large scale. Analysts have speculated that it is an answer to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s recent characterisation of the RSS as the Indian version of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’, an Islamist group that combines social work with political activism

  • Leadership vacuum in Goa

    The political and, maybe, even a constitutional crisis has been building up in Goa ever since Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was stricken by a serious, wasting illness earlier this year. He has been in and out of hospital, having been flown to the US for the treatment of pancreatitis, and is presently admitted in the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the national capital. So poor is his health that

  • Can “Modi Hatao” serve as glue for the Opposition?

    The non-BJP opposition is becoming increasingly vary if their single point agenda of “Modi Hatao” can send the BJP led NDA government packing in next year’s general elections. This is particularly so with the National Executive of the Lotus party at its meeting recently drawing attention to the mood being exuberant and brimming with confidence.

  • Why RSS outreach just now?

    Everybody is talking of whether or not Congress and the rest of the Opposition made a mistake not accepting the invitation to attend the RSS meet. But ask about the timing of the meet, why now? Therein, probably, lies a story, or maybe two. One of them linked to the Opposition’s decision to spurn the invite.

  • BJP can’t afford not to relent on oil prices

    The crisis on the oil front is unmistakably serious but there are redeeming features which make it look less serious than it did in 1991 when foreign exchange reserves were sufficient for only a few weeks’ imports and in 2008 in the wake of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse and the global financial crisis.

  • Suu Kyi’s pragmatism

    Hand-wringing in some quarters that Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, did not stand up to her global reputation and, instead, seems to have endorsed the violent and repressive actions of the military junta, ignore a vital fact. Which is that she could have stood by principles of liberty, equality and democracy only by alienating the junta, and thus, finding herself marginalised in the sharply divided polity of the