Free Press Journal
  • In this file photograph shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) greets Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in New Delhi.

    A friendship between India and China does not suit the clever American cat

    India has participated in the newly formed “Indo-Pacific Region” constituting of Australia, India, Japan and the United States, but excluding China even though China is the dominant player in the Pacific region. The “Indo-Pacific Region” is being seen as an American effort to encircle China with Japan in the east and India in the south. India’s participation in the Indo-Pacific Region signals her joining the United States against China — which are

  • Legendary Mugabe loses grip over power in Zimbabwe

    The ‘Grand old man of African politics’ Robert Mugabe, who is 93, has finally been shown the door by Zimbabwe’s military, after he enjoyed untrammelled power for 37 long years, following the country’s independence in 1980. Mugabe’s last ditch battle to cling on to power till the elections next year and to then seek to foist his 52-year-old second wife Grace is most likely to come a-cropper.

  • Padmavati, Padmavati row, Padmavati makers justification, CBFC, Central Board of Film Certification, Padmavati certification, Sanjay Leela Bhansali

    Padmavati tangle sign of mobocracy

    It is reprehensible how ridiculous some campaigns run by fringe groups can get and how State governments can whip up passions on trivial issues to harness vote banks. The controversy generated on the yet-to-be-released film ‘Padmavati’ by Karni Sena and the shocking fallout from it in the shape of putting a price on the film director’s head and threatening to chop off the nose of a leading star of Hindi films Deepika

  • End threats and blackmail against Padmavati

    It is extraordinary that even before anyone knows what it depicts, Bollywood film Padmavati has become a hot topic of discussion. And for all the wrong reasons. If anyone ought to debate its contents minutely before passing it for commercial release, it is the Central Board of Film Certification. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a top-notch director, cannot be unaware of the sensitivities and sensibilities of the protesters making noises against his film.

  • Corruption is what defines them all

    They might be having all sorts of problems enforcing a progressive, uniform tax throughout the country, but if there is one thing that has been embraced most gladly in all parts of the country, it is political corruption. Whatever be their ideological, personal, or other differences, the inordinate greed for money, licit, if possible, otherwise, illicit now defines the entire political class. Even a self-avowedly most progressive State in the country boasting

  • Will Periyar heirs team up with Hindutva?

    Tamil Nadu continues to flounder in the political confusion caused by Jayalalithaa’s death. As may have been expected in a one-person outfit which the AIADMK was in her time, the party is yet to find its feet. The situation has been made worse by the influence which Jayalalithaa’s companion, Sasikala, who is now in jail, continues to wield over the shaky organization via her nephew.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru

    Nehru’s idea of India gets a drubbing

    To Jawaharlal Nehru, India is an idea which has influenced the people who have lived here and who have come here from other countries and found a home here since the beginning of civilization. Through long ages, during which the world slowly emerged from darkness, the idea developed…clinging to its old foundations. In The Discovery of India, he wrote: “India is a cultural unity amidst diversity, a bundle of contradictions held together

  • Hardik Patel’s private conduct in public focus

    Without anyone saying it explicitly, there is no denying that the Opposition is throwing its all to try and upstage the BJP in the next month’s Gujarat poll. A setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP President Amit Shah in their home State can boost the Opposition’s morale. And a major factor the Opposition might reckon to be in its favour is the fact that the BJP has wielded power

  • The centre of gravity of billionaires could shift

    In India, there is a saying that if the first generation creates wealth, the second tries to build on it, but the third, invariably squanders it.  In Italy, there is a similar saying “from the stable to the stars and back again”. In Scotland, it is “the father buys, the son builds, the grandchild sells, and his son begs”. Each of these aphorism points to the ephemeral nature of wealth. It rarely

  • Trump’s bonhomie dictated by realpolitik

    There is no mistaking the fact that today India figures in the US scheme of things as a potential bulwark against China which can be built up as a counterpoise in Asia to the deadly dragon. The build-up started during the Barack Obama regime and it is being furthered during the Donald Trump era, much though the US President differs radically from his predecessor in many other things.

  • The Quad: Fleshing out Look East

    The flux in the world order has picked up further momentum following Donald Trump’s surprise tenancy of the White House. The leader of the free world seems in a hurry to withdraw from the world, looking inwards in the mistaken belief that it would help ‘make America great again’. That it would do nothing of the sort he is unlikely to appreciate given his tendency to settle for simplistic solutions for very, very complex

  • privacy

    Privacy is must, walls have ears

    Privacy is a right to be let alone, the right of a person to be free from any unwarranted publicity, the right to live without any unwarranted interference by the public in matters with which the public is not necessarily concerned, as explained in Black’s Law Dictionary. Privacy is an innate human right which is necessary for maintaining the human’s state with respect and dignity. Privacy is not something that people are

  • We have seen horrors of a pliant judiciary

    Erosion of public trust in democratic governments the world over has been well-documented. The political class as a whole and political incumbents in particular are no longer guaranteed to act in public interest. Media credibility has dropped to an all-time low and hopes in the democratizing effects of the internet, as an enabler of participatory governance and fair play, have dimmed with its increasing colonisation by interest groups.

  • Saudi: The Game of Thrones & beyond

    Over the past ten days, Saudi Arabia has seen the arrest of over 500 people, including at least 11 princes from the House of Saud. The sweeping crackdown is apparently aimed at purging corruption in a country where conflict of interests has never been seen to be against the law. Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, where private profit at the cost of public interest is so pervasive that any attempt to tackle corruption

  • Judges Bribery Case: Challenge before the Supreme Court

    If the Supreme Court is not completely devoid of any concern for its own institutional dignity it would lose not a moment more in firmly shutting down the sordid noises about the alleged misconduct of Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra in the Lucknow medical college bribery case. Neither the accusers nor the accused do themselves any favour by dragging the judiciary down into the public square. Last week’s open display of ill-mannered proceedings

  • The beginning of ethical cleansing: From Swachch Bharat to Demonetisation

    Shortly after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election earlier this summer, an Opposition stalwart confessed his intense bewilderment at having misread the public mood. Active in politics since the early 1970s and a veteran legislator both in the State Assembly and Parliament, he imagined that the demonetisation of November 8, 2016 would have generated a backlash whose intensity would have devastated the Bharatiya Janata Party.

  • Green panel castigates Delhi’s AAP govt

    It is hardly a surprise that the National Green Tribunal has come down hard on the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government describing its plan to re-introduce its odd-even scheme (allowing vehicles with odd and even numbers to ply on roads on alternate days) a ‘farce.’ As the tribunal has said, it is an ill-thought-out measure to control the catastrophic air pollution levels in the national capital after the warning signs of last winter

  • Slashing of GST rates, a boon for traders

    True to promise, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has pruned the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on several items and brought relief to large sections of people who were groaning under the weight of high GST.

  • In order to privatise public sector banks

    The Government has thankfully decided to privatise Air India. The same formula must be applied to the Public Sector Banks (PSBs). But first let us examine the arguments against privatisation of Air India. The first argument is that public assets are often sold to vested interests at throwaway prices. The lines of the British Railways, for example, had been sold for much less than their real value. The buyers, who bought these