Free Press Journal
  • Hafiz-Muhammad-Saeed

    Chargesheet against terror

    The chargesheet filed by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) against the Pakistan-based leading perpetrators of terror against India — Hafiz Saeed, the head of banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, besides 10 Kashmiri separatists — should energise decisive action against these subversive elements. These colluders against peace in Jammu and Kashmir and their predecessors, have, for decades been conducting their nefarious activities with impunity and must be dealt

  • Asia

    Good fences make good neighbours

    Not having learnt its lesson over Iraq, the United States seems all set to kindle the fires of another West Asian conflict and possibly plunge the world into an even more dangerously widespread conflagration. The bellicose tone of Donald Trump’s 55-page US National Security Strategy document, especially over Iran and China, and his proposed action in Syria threaten peace and stability throughout the region. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has already warned

  • Caste Reservation

    Reservation: Separate electorates for different occupations

    The present system reserves certain constituencies in the elections for candidates from the Scheduled Castes. All the voters from that constituency — whether SC/ST or Upper Castes — have to select among the SC/ST candidates from that seat. Dr B R Ambedkar was afraid that in this system, only such Dalits would be elected who will toe the line of the upper castes or who promote the interests of the upper castes.

  • Abolishing the Haj subsidy

    Not unlike the pending legislation to ban triple talaq, the central government’s decision to abolish the Haj subsidy is as per the directions of the highest court in the land. So, those decrying the ruling BJP for acting against the Muslim community, ought to stop ascribing base motives.  In 2012, a bench of the Supreme Court had directed the government to withdraw the Haj subsidy over a period of ten years.

  • Padmaavat, Padmaavat row, Padmavati, Padmaavat protest, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmaavat's advance booking

    Padmaavat Supreme Court Hearing: No to mob rule

    It is highly regrettable that the makers of the Bollywood film, ‘Padmaavat’ had to approach the Supreme Court in order for them to be able to release their film throughout the country. Once the Central Board of Film Certification had given the go-ahead, with certain cuts, of course, the State governments ought not to have tried to block its screening.

  • Supreme Court Crisis: Senior judges had no choice but to save their souls

    It is the best of times, it is the worst of times for the judiciary. It is a time of sadness, it is a time of joy because at last the muck which had gathered in the apex court since 1950 was brought out by the four senior judges, Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph. They tried to save their souls but were accused of tarnishing the apex court’s image

  • Union Budget 2018: A tough task for Arun Jaitley

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget for the full year, 2018-19, on February 1. This will be his last before the general election, due sometime before May 2019. Given the advance of the Budget presentation, from the last day of February to the first of February, with the objective of having the nod of Parliament before the actual start of the financial year, the estimates and the actual revenue

  • FDI: Maharashtra aims high, but shoots low

    The latest figures from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) should give Maharashtra immense cause for cheer. It became the biggest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) from among other states in India (see chart). And, if advance estimates are any guidance, it is possible that the state will be the biggest FDI recipient for 2017-18 as well.

  • Supreme Court Crisis: Unfortunate turn of judicial events

    The manner in which four senior judges of the Supreme Court – Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Bhimrao Lokur and Kurian Joseph – revolted against the administration of the apex court, principally Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and held a media conference to go public with their complaints has no parallel in post-independence Indian judicial history. For a start, the judges could well have gone to the Union Law Minister or taken

  • Supreme Court Crisis: Forgive and forget, Chelameswar and Co.

    The crisis in the Supreme Court triggered by the unprecedented press conference by the four senior-most judges last Friday continues. Contrary to earlier reports, no less than the Attorney General K K Venugopal has publicly stated that it is unresolved. The same impression was given by the head of the Supreme Court Bar Association. Meanwhile, the judges, including the four recalcitrant ones, have resumed normal work. Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan

  • Supreme Court Crisis: Judging the judges

    The unprecedented turmoil in the Supreme Court in the wake of the four senior most judges taking exception to CJI Dipak Misra’s style of functioning last Friday continues to fester and has not been resolved so far, Attorney General K K Venugopal acknowledged Tuesday.

  • Dalits raring to go

    A century after the Indian National Congress formally condemned untouchability and 68 years after the Constitution mandated affirmative action, India is still wrestling with The Dalit Question. Social tensions, such as the face-off between the Marathas and Mahars (two centuries after Bhima-Koregaon) continue to disrupt ‘samajik samrasta’. As every Indian acknowledges, social parity is still very much a work in progress.

  • The Supreme Chaos of India

    Should we draw comfort from the fact that in the past too, serious assaults have been attempted and made on the Supreme Court by the executive, Indira Gandhi’s government to be precise, and the institution has survived, perhaps even revitalised itself to become more independent than before? It’s worth reminding ourselves of those swipes at the SC by a power mad ruling party which only paid lip service to democracy and brooked

  • Indo-Israel ties offer immense gains

    In the early decades of the Republic, Israel was a pariah as far as official India was concerned. There were no diplomatic contacts, the non-aligned India during the Cold War was openly hostile towards Israel and openly supportive of the Palestine cause. Left-liberal ideology that informed the conduct of Indian foreign policy sanctioned no-truck with Israel.

  • Narendra Modi interview

    Not an easy ride ahead for Modi, BJP

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the most interesting politicians of our times. He is oratorical, disruptive, melodramatic and rhetorical. He believes in radical actions. Modi is also a leader who is more popular than his party. His support base comes from the upper caste, middle class and urban voters. Modi polls high approval ratings in most polls, though the polls may not be entirely reliable or scientific enough. But the fact remains

  • Yashwant Sinha, indian economy

    Aggressive promotion of economy

    In the penultimate day of the all-too-brief Winter Session of Parliament, there was a brief but interesting discussion on the economy in the Rajya Sabha. Anyone who heard that debate, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s very erudite reply, would have been struck by the two very different accounts of where stands today.

  • FDI decision: ‘Make in India’ gets another boost

    What was happening, not happening for the last three years has finally happened and the Narendra Modi Government announced its decision to allow 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in single brand outlets. Going by the recent mood of the government, it was vivid that the new wave move in the direction of liberalisation would soon take a proper shape. Even worst critics of Modi and the BJP Government would agree

  • My Lords, the whistle-blowers

    It is wrong to regard a country’s constitution as an inert document, the renowned constitutional expert S C Kashyap once wrote. A constitution is a living organism of functioning institutions. Every constitution gets meaning and content only from the manner in which and the people by whom it is operated, the effects it acquires from how it is interpreted by the courts and the conventions and practices that grow around it in

  • Supreme Court Judges Press Conference: Revolt sets a bad precedent

    The manner in which four senior judges of the Supreme Court – Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Bhimrao Lokur and Kurian Joseph – revolted against the administration of the apex court, principally Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and held a media conference to go public with their complaints has no parallel in post-independence Indian judicial history. For a start, the judges could well have gone to the Union Law Minister or taken