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

  • 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.

  • In Bihar, Modi’s focus was on infrastructure

    There is an element of enigma in how the Centre in the Narendra Modi dispensation deals with the politically crucial state of Bihar. The Modi government seemed all set to allot berths to the Janata Dal (United) after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar snapped links with the Opposition and made common cause with the BJP which was until a few months ago a bitter rival. However, when Modi expanded his council of ministers,

  • IMF good chit must not go to our head

    The Narendra Modi government has got so much flak over demonetisation of high value currency and the Goods and Services Tax from economists, politicians and analysts that when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank shower wholesome praise on these two measures, it evokes surprise and scepticism. There can be two reasons for the massively negative narrative on both these within the country—the fact that any negative and sensationalist news is

  • Too much inequality hurts growth

    President Donald Trump’s proposed tax reform is supposed to be the largest tax cut in history. It reduces the highest marginal income tax rate as also the corporate tax rate. It eliminates estate taxes. However, the benefits will flow disproportionately more to the rich. The Tax Policy Centre of America estimates that the tax cuts will mostly benefit the rich, with the wealthiest one per cent families earning more than 700,000 dollars

  • Shiv Sena-MNS Bout: A Coup de Grâce

    Just a week prior to the Diwali celebrations, the Shiv Sena, largest single party in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, burst an atom bomb in the camp of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) by engineering one of the worst split in which Six of the Seven City Fathers  from the party jumped in to the Sena Ship.

  • India must counter new US softness on Pakistan

    The US has been flexing its muscles with Pakistan of late essentially to pressurise Islamabad to deal strongly with the Haqqani network which it sees as a terror threat to the Americans. The impression in India that the Trump administration would force the Pakistanis to close down terror training  camps and to put a lid on infiltration of terrorists into India through Kashmir seems utterly overdrawn. The recent visit of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja

  • E-cars are good, but pollution woes remain

    The Government has decided to use e-cars that run on electricity in government work. These cars have batteries like e-rickshaws. These are charged in the home and have a range of up to 300 kilometers which is sufficient for daily urban travels. The use of e-cars will certainly reduce urban pollution because these cars do not burn any fuel and do not emit any carbon. However, this does not solve the problem of pollution

  • Theresa May renews campaign against slavery

    It’s unfortunate that what Theresa May called “the great human rights issue of our time” should be thought to target India. Although beset with troubles at home over Brexit, Mrs May has used the 2017 UN general assembly to renew her campaign against slavery.

  • Get to the truth in Sunanda Pushkar murder

    It is difficult to convincingly contest the claim that the Delhi police has been dragging its feet mysteriously on the Sunanda Pushkar murder case despite reprimands from the metropolitan court and doubts in the minds of people at large. Exasperated by the delay in de-sealing the hotel room in which the body of the wife of then Union minister Shashi Tharoor was found on January 17, 2014, the court granted time until October 16

  • Apex Court outlaws sex with minor wife

    The Supreme Court’s order on Wednesday declaring sex with minor wife aged between 15 and 18 years as a criminal act empowers the girl child who is forced into child marriage to resist being exploited for sex. The court said that immunity cannot be granted to a husband who is having sexual intercourse with his wife in this age group. Clearly, the order is a progressive step that deserves to be commended. The apex

  • Look up Mr Modi, the sun is shining

    Mr. Modi’s biggest headache is creating jobs.  Look at the table alongside. During 2015 and 2016, India created just 277,000 jobs.  This was lower than the number of jobs created in 2009-11. True, all the blame cannot be put at the government’s doorstep.  There was an economic slowdown already underway. It only got exacerbated by demonetisation, the rushed introduction of GST and a few other oversights.

  • 10 takeaways from PM Narendra Modi’s power push, his latest poll jumla

    Political narratives becoming acutely shrill

    It is sad indeed that politics in the country is getting uglier and uglier. There is deception and negativity all around. The slugfest between the BJP top brass and Congress bigwigs is getting more and more crass. In fact, many parties are getting into the act of hitting below the belt without regard to proprieties. Political narratives are becoming acutely stark and shrill.

  • Catalonia braces for secession from Spain

    The risk of destabilisation in Europe is looming large with the Catalonia region of Spain in the north-eastern part of the country voting for secession in a referendum which the central leadership in the country is refusing to accept. Catalan leaders have threatened to declare independence unilaterally and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to stop them.