Free Press Journal
  • Kamal Hassan

    Chachi 420 as politician

    The death of J Jayalalithaa encouraged the two matinee idols of Tamil cinema, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, to give vent to their political ambitions. On Wednesday, Haasan finally floated his party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (Peoples’ Justice Centre). Rajinikanth is still waiting. Both actors seem to believe that in the post-Jayalalithaa period there is a vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics, with the ruling AIADMK certain to suffer from the lack of a popular

  • The general does it again

    It is not for a serving army chief to comment on political matters. Even if he feels strongly about a situation resulting from bad political management which impinges on national security, he should ideally voice his concerns to the political executive behind closed doors. Admittedly, there have been occasions in the past when incumbent service chiefs have not strictly observed the norm, but the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat seems to be

  • Nirav Modi

    Publicity interest litigants should be heard, too

    Three judges of the apex court reportedly questioned  Dhanda this week about his temerity to ask attorney general K K Venugopal why he objected to the filing of a PIL seeking an SIT probe for the deportation of Modi. Dhanda’s aged father came and stood behind him after the judges remarked the PIL was a publicity interest litigation.

  • Social media: Hard nut for Election body

    The Election Commission courted avoidable controversy during the Gujarat polls for its failure to implement Model Code of Conduct effectively inviting charges (from the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party) of it being biased towards the BJP. Between April and December, key states like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan will vote and it will be in the interest of constitutional democracy that the Commission lives up to its reputation of an internationally acclaimed

  • AAP on suicide mission

    What have we come to? On Tuesday, the Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash filed a complaint with the police that he was assaulted by the ruling Aam Aadmi Party legislators in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia at midnight the previous day. The police have converted the complaint into an FIR and taken into custody the two MLAs who allegedly hit Prakash.

  • India’s GDP growth isn’t as good as it seems

    In the recently tabled Economic Survey 2018, the government noted that “A series of major reforms undertaken over the past year will allow real GDP growth to reach 6.75 percent this fiscal and will rise to 7 to 7.5 percent in 2018-19, thereby re-instating India as the world’s fastest growing major economy.”

  • Wise to mend fences with Trudeau

    Two world leaders were in India in the last few days — Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

  • Trudeau trumps votes over ties with India

    At one level, it is rude not to acknowledge the presence of an honoured guest amidst you with the customary welcome, And when the visitor happens to be a head of a government of an important foreign country, it is expected that the usual protocols of diplomacy would come into play. Oddly enough, India has given a stiff cold shoulder to the visiting Canadian prime minister.

  • Modi ignored Indian workers in the Gulf

    In purely diplomatic terms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent three-nation visit to the Gulf and West Asia was path-breaking, exceptional and highly symbolic.

  • Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi

    Time to create a sense of security and nationalism

    The difference between 2014 and now is that the UPA lacks a charismatic leader. It is widely accepted that Rahul Gandhi as a leader does not compare with Narendra Modi. But let’s bear in mind that in 2004, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a much taller leader than Sonia Gandhi but still did not manage to sell India shining to the voter.

  • A fruitful visit

    The visit of Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani last week yet again underlines the basic truth in diplomacy. Bilateral relations between nations need not be hostage to the strained ties either of them might have with a third country with which the other maintains good relations. The fact that India has friendly ties with Saudi Arabia and a number of other Sunni nations in West Asia does not impinge on the quality of

  • Congress vs BJP in Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections

    Battle of divergent ideologies in Tripura

    Of the three states, Tripura is the most crucial election and its outcome will be keenly watched on March 3. Meghalaya has been with the Congress and it is to be seen whether the party which has been fighting internal troubles will retain power in the state. The Naga People’s Front is in power in Nagaland where the BJP has been a partner