Free Press Journal
  • markets

    Time to watch as rupee and markets surge

    With a stronger rupee and a bullish trend in stock markets, there is clear indication that overseas funds are pouring into India with renewed confidence in recent days. While the Indian rupee is among the few currencies gaining strength against the dollar, having breached the psychological level of Rs 64, the gain is an impressive 5.6 percent this year, making it among the best performers along with the Taiwanese dollar and the South Korean

  • Asiya Andrabi

    Andrabi’s arrest should lead to major crackdown

    After doing immense damage to the ethos of Indian integrity, the self-confessed firebrand Kashmir secessionist Asiya Andrabi has been belatedly arrested. Few countries would have tolerated for so long the brazenly anti-national activities of an activist of such ferocity who functioned as the founding leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (daughters of the nation), an Islamic group which is part of the separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Kashmir valley. The main aim of her outfit has

  • Gau Rakshaks in Gurgaon apply for arms and ammunition licenses

    Cow-brained scheme for cows

    India will soon achieve the distinction of being the first and only country in the world to allot a unique identification number to all its cows so that each bovine will have its age, height, weight, tail switch, colour, lactation, breed, horn type and everything else recorded in the cow’s Aadhar card. No kidding! This comes close on the heels of Gujarat making cow-slaughter an offence punishable with life imprisonment so that killing a

  • democracy

    Democratic process, undemocratic results?

    A ‘referendum’, according to Cambridge dictionary, is a vote in which all the people in a country or an area are asked to give their opinion about or decide an important political or social question. Over the last 200 years, hundreds of referendums have taken place across nations. Switzerland holds the record of having the highest, almost 600, national votes since 1848. The second place goes to Australia. While usually a referendum offers voters

  • ttv-dinakaran

    Dinakaran’s arrest queers the pitch for Sasikala

    The arrest of T T V. Dinakaran, nephew of the jailed general secretary of the AIADMK V K Sasikala, and until recently foisted as deputy general secretary of the party by her, has brought to a seeming close an ugly chapter in Tamil Nadu’s recent political history. The wheeler dealer, who was kept at arm’s length by the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa whose closest aide Sasikala was, had become very powerful in the

  • Iron_Ore mining

    Maharashtra haven for illegal mining, political funding

    The immediate provocation for this article was a recent discussion on illegal sand mining organised jointly by Moneylife and Awaaz Foundation last fortnight. At the discussion, speaker after speaker bemoaned the inability – or unwillingness – of the state to curb illegal sand mining. This was notwithstanding the good work done by some bureaucrats in controlling illegal sand mining in some areas – at least for a specific period of time.

  • bjp

    BJP can ill afford to rest on its laurels

    The resounding victory of the BJP in the municipal elections in Delhi reflects as much the personal triumph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the widespread disillusionment of the voter with Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal whose negative tactics of blaming all his failures on others has boomeranged on him. Having given a sweeping mandate to AAP two years ago in the Assembly elections largely on a pledge of rooting out corruption, the

  • Naxal surrender

    End lip service on Naxalism and Kashmir

    While the Narendra Modi government justifiably gloats over its recent wins in Assembly elections in UP and Uttarakhand, its spectacular civic polls success in Delhi and its strategic conversion of defeats in Goa and Manipur into wins, it must not lose sight of the fact that it has failed to measure up to the two key internal security challenges—Kashmir and Naxalism. In both, its role leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addressing the Legislative Assembly during the Budget Session, in Jammu on Monday. PTI Photo

    Mehbooba must introspect on her role as Chief Minister

    Clearly, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi did not meet her expectations. She had wanted the Centre to announce talks with separatist leaders and other restive groups but Modi rebuffed her on that justifiably by firmly telling her that there could be no dialogue while there is stone-pelting and militant violence. The Chief Minister was apparently looking at building

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    Combating Naxals: Mere lip service will not do

    The Naxal policy of the Narendra Modi government, which has been essentially status quoist, has abjectly failed as did the policy of the erstwhile Congress government towards these outlaws. With 26 Central Reserve Paramilitary Force jawans being killed in an ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday the toll this month has gone up to an unprecedented 72 security personnel in the worst in the past seven years. The deadliest month in

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    Policy of bullet for a bullet fails

    With Kashmir on fire since Ramzan last year raises the question if this situation suits both New Delhi and Islamabad. It is a matter of serious concern that the boys and girls are getting emboldened and not afraid to die. The policy of a bullet for a bullet has failed.

  • Farmers

    The unending plight of farmers

    Debt-driven suicides by farmers first hit the headlines in the early 1990s, starting in the then undivided Andhra Pradesh. Like a rash, the trend spread to Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and even the north-east. In the two decades from 1995 – 2015, more than 3 lakh farmers are estimated to have ommitted suicide. The 2015 figures (the latest available) show a jump of 41 per cent over the previous