Free Press Journal
  • Kamalendra Kanwar, Editorial, Maldives, India, Chinese Hegemony, World affairs

    Maldivian triumph

    The Maldives poll has thrown up a welcome surprise. Hardly anyone expected the incumbent President Abdulla Yameen to lose in the Indian Ocean archipelago. The universal fear was that he would rig the poll to retain power. However, the outcome has the joint opposition challenger, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, establishing an unbeatable lead over Yameen. India has special reason to feel happy. Yameen had been brazenly pro-China, virtually seeking to cut off the

  • Universal Modicare

    The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana could be a game-changer both for its launchers and those set to benefit from it. Should the roll-out be smooth and universal, covering over ten crore families, the ruling BJP could draw electoral dividends from it in the 2019 general election. The poor stand to benefit from the free healthcare insurance will be able to access expert medical aid virtually at their doorstep. Prime Minister Narendra

  • Mumbai, IIT Bombay, noises, seo, Adarsha K, Tapas Pandey, Biomedical Engineering and Technology incubation Centre, BETiC

    Time to hit hard on galloping healthcare costs

    Around this time last year, the annual Mediclaim premium for a 60-year-old seeking medical cover of Rs 1 lakh increased from Rs.5, 400 to Rs.10, 800, a 100 per cent jump. If this number comes as a shock, wait to consider that if this person had a cover of Rs. 8 lakh, then the premium actually went down from Rs 33,000 to Rs 31,130 – a fall of 5.7 per cent. In

  • A twist in the Rafale story

    The latest turn in the Rafale story has come from Paris. Former French president Francois Hollande has said that Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence was chosen by Dassault Aviation, the makers of the Rafale fighter aircraft, at the instance of the Modi Government. The Defence Ministry has denied the claim. The facts suggest that Hollande might be desperate to shift the blame. A quid pro quo arrangement is stark clear here. It is

  • Why did Dassault choose Anil Ambani’s firm as partner?

    Last week, India’s defence ministry said “the government has stated earlier and again reiterates that it had no role in the selection of Reliance Defence as the offset partner” of Dassault Aviation. Ironically, the French government, too, said it had no role in choice of Indian partner.  If both the statements are valid, the question is: who pushed the name of highly debt-ridden Anil Ambani’s inexperienced Reliance Defence for the job? In

  • Media trial by police

    The Bombay high court has rebuked the Maharashtra Police for going to the press with the alleged criminal acts of the five civil rights activists who were arrested a couple of days ago in connection with a Maoist plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In particular, the court objected to a senior police officer reading out portions from a letter purportedly exchanged between one of the arrested activists and an unnamed

  • TRS for an early poll

    The Election Commission has ruled out simultaneous elections to the State assemblies and the Lok Sabha. Speaking with the media the other day, Chief Election Commissioner, O P Rawat, said without a legal framework, simultaneous polls cannot be held. Though the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP chief Amit Shah have often talked of ‘one nation, one election’, without an enabling constitutional amendment, this cannot be done. In other words, the

  • Why is Mayawati scared of Chandra Shekhar Ravan

    Why is BSP national president Mayawati so scared of Chandra Shekhar Ravan of Bheem Sena, who was recently released by the Yogi government?

  • Ethanol is a bad choice to run cars in India

    Sugar factories across the country are not able to make payment of the sugarcane purchased from the farmers. Farmers are suffering. The sugar factories are in trouble because the price of sugarcane has been fixed high by the Government. This has led to farmers producing huge amounts of sugarcane and to huge production of sugar. But the consumption in the country is less. The production in the coming year is expected to

  • Theresa May visiting temples in saree not just political opportunism

    One would imagine that it is Boris Johnson and not the estranged wife who is about to divorce him who has Indian blood. For that matter, a saree-clad Theresa May in a temple is a far cry from Britain’s last (and first) woman prime minister.

  • 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.