Free Press Journal
  • Wagha Border

    Good as far as it goes before the war comes

    We have come a long way from the time when we were firmly tethered  to the Soviet Union in the conduct of our foreign policy. All through the Cold War, we openly endorsed or condoned with studied silence some of the worst excesses of the Soviet Union, especially against its East Union satellites.  Fortunately, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the steady rise of other powers, especially China, made us shed

  • Why bank lending rates don’t fall

    In essence, the RBI has been unable to exert itself on a crucial parameter, even when that crucial parameter impacts the way the RBI reaches its targets. What then does it tell us the about the efficacy with which the RBI meets its other roles like ensuring that the money of the depositors remains safe? So why are we surprised when NPAs have reached such a high level? It must be kept

  • Raj Thackeray at his own game once again!

    And as the Diwali festival coming to end, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and its Supremo Raj Thackeray are at their old and time-proven game once again – their own trick of ‘Khatyal…Khatt’. On the last day of Diwali, on Saturday morning, the MNS workers in Thane, next big city of the State, on the outskirts of the Mumbai Metropolis, woke up to live up to their own reputation and reached the Thane Railway

  • Tillerson blasts China, leans towards India

    The US policy on China is gradually becoming clearer with the strategic inputs that the administration receives and digests. The Trump administration on Wednesday bluntly proposed that Washington and New Delhi work together in the Indo-Pacific region to counter the disruptive force that China has become. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, soon to visit the sub-continent, reflected a new level of plain-speaking as he sought to woo Delhi to counter Beijing’s growing assertiveness in

  • ‘Ayurveda revolution’ can transform health

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pitch for affordable and accessible healthcare through the system of ayurveda to usher in an ‘ayurveda revolution’ makes eminent sense especially because of the magnitude of healthcare challenges in the country and the inadequacy of allopathy to meet those adequately. There can be little doubt that the corporate sector needs to invest substantially in boosting ayurveda. The need for more extensive research into ayurvedic practices and medicines is the need

  • Muslim women

    Reinterpreting the right to bleed

    Last fortnight leading seminary Darul Uloom Deoband issued an edict prohibiting Muslim women against dressing their eyebrows or cutting their hair to look beautiful. “Dressing the eyebrow to look beautiful is against the tenets of Islam,” Maulana Mufti Arshad Faruqui, head of the Darul Ifta, the fatwa department of the seminary, told reporters in Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh).

  • Mr Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the slip is showing

    Karyakarta Modi, of course, has a good reason to feel indebted to the RSS which had invested him with some kind of a political halo. The PM may still fancy that he can change political gears with consummate ease — from Vikas to soft Hindutva — but even this well-calibrated strategy, if not fine-tuned at intervals, starts sputtering at some point. You have reached a point of inflection, Mr Prime Minister, when the public

  • Fall of Raqqa a huge challenge to IS

    The Americans and the world at large have reason to gloat over the manner in which US-backed militias have heaped defeats over Islamic State (IS), pushing the dreaded terror outfit to the wall quite literally. The latest setback, the defeat of IS in its former capital Raqqa in Syria came on Tuesday, with US militia raising their flags over the jihadist group’s last footholds in the city after a four-month battle.

  • Taj Mahal

    BJP ties itself in knots on the Taj

    The manner in which the Taj Mahal controversy has been raked up first by its shocking exclusion from the U.P. tourism department’s list of famous monuments and then by a firebrand BJP legislator Sangeet Som calling it “a blot” on Indian culture and history smacks of the BJP’s tendency to hit self-goals. Needlessly, a new controversy has been fuelled with the Opposition and the sensationalist media vying with one another to create a frenzy.

  • Gold we trust, but market uncertain

    Gold markets continue to be poised on the tip of uncertainty.  There is all round confusion. There is no faith in oil prices – they could fall to as low as $25.  There is little faith in countries either.  The protectionist policies being pursued by the US could render it less competitive than before, and the worsening of ties between the US and almost every other country in the world does not inspire confidence

  • Is Narendra Modi magic still holding in Gujarat citadel?

    There is no mistaking the fact that the Gujarat assembly elections this time around have assumed huge importance as a barometer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sustained popularity. They will determine whether the Modi magic is still holding in his citadel or, as it happens, it is waning under the weight of anti-incumbency after two decades of BJP sway.

  • China’s party congress will tighten screws

    A s the five-yearly Communist Party Congress gets under way in Beijing, reports in the media suggest that what is in store is a set of rules that will force people in different walks of life, including businessmen and journalists, to observe “virtues of patriotism” besides remaining obedient to the party. For those who thought China would now move towards greater freedom for people at large and the media in general, there