Free Press Journal
  • India’s oil import from US a worthy move

    It is happy augury that $100 million worth of American crude oil is all set to leave for India from Texas next month. This follows former US President Barack Obama’s decision two years ago to lift a long-standing ban on export of crude oil to India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent successful parleys with US President Donald Trump in Washington which opened the doors for US exports. At that June meeting, President Trump

  • TMC civic polls sweep shows Mamata’s hold

    The landslide win of Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the civic elections in West Bengal is a clear pointer that there is something about Mamata Banerjee that gels with the common man in the State. Her manifest simplicity, her undying spirit and her tenacity indeed go down well with the masses even though the intelligentsia in general is fed up with her histrionics. Mamata is truly one who has vanquished a corrupt and authoritarian Left

  • Narendra Modi

    Three years of Modi government goes in vain

    While assuming the command of the country as Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi had promised MPs of his party that he will return with his report card in five years, that is, before the 2019 general elections. Now, three years later, he has said from the ramparts of the Red Fort that he will double the incomes of the farmers in the next 5 years, that is, by 2022. The two statements read together

  • Consequences of past is inevitable

    Like Narendra Modi over gau rakshaks and lynchings, Donald Trump said too little too late over rampaging white supremacists in the southern American state of Virginia. His mild initial comments seemed to spread the blame equally, seeing no particular evil in militant nationalists who gathered for a “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville or a 20-year-old white repeatedly ploughing his car into a crowd of demonstrators, killing a 32-year-old woman described as “a passionate

  • Probe panel ascribes deaths to oxygen shortage

    The probe panel which was appointed by the Uttar Pradesh government to go into the deaths of over 60 children in a Gorakhpur hospital has confirmed that there was lack of oxygen for the patients and has blamed ‘financial irregularities’ at the hospital for the delay in payments to the oxygen supplier. One can only hope that at least now the Yogi Adityanath government would stop harping on lack of oxygen not being a

  • Decks cleared for AIADMK merger

    The decks have been cleared for the merger of the two factions of the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu with Chief Minister E. Palaniswami announcing that a judicial probe will be conducted into the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who had died mysteriously in a Chennai hospital on December 5 last year. After Jayalalithaa’s protégé V.K. Sasikala’s nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran was ousted from the post of deputy general secretary of the party recently,

  • Chief Justices dogged by controversies

    Two controversies dogged the judiciary this month which did not make it to the news columns of the major newspapers. The first was that Punjab MP Harinder Singh Khalsa’s  writ petition challenging Justice Dipak Misra’s being sworn in as the 45th chief justice of India (CJI) will become infructuous because there is no doubt that the soft-spoken Justice Misra will be sworn in on August 27  and will head the Indian judicial family till

  • Patriotism does not need ‘song’ test

    Patriotism is too sublime and spontaneous an emotion to inhabit the narrow confines of a song; or to be tethered to catchwords; to be held captive by a political discourse that is tribal and toxic; and to be anchored to an idiom of hate. Provoking a community — which took a conscious decision not to migrate to Pakistan at the time of partition — and subjecting it to a patriotic ‘song test’ is absurd;

  • Trump’s subtle message to Beijing on India

    By all accounts, US President Donald Trump’s telephonic call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to wish him on India’s Independence Day was designed to send out a message to China which has been flexing its muscles in different ways with both the US and India. The announcement after the conversation that India and US have resolved to “elevate their strategic consultations” was a subtle warning to the Chinese not to mess around by browbeating

  • Combatting Chinese forays and digital snooping

    Reports that even as the nation was celebrating 70 years of Independence on Tuesday, Chinese troops tried to cross the Line of Actual Control near Pangong Lake in Ladakh, are disconcerting but it is some relief that there was no firing from either side. There was only a scuffle as their attempts were thwarted by alert Indian troops. After Chinese troopers found their path blocked by Indian soldiers who formed a human chain, they

  • Two cheers for decisions on education

    There are times when, in the din of sloganeering about what has gone wrong, people overlook the good that is being done. One sector that needs to be highlighted here is education. No, education standards haven’t improved. No, politicisation of educational institutions and course material hasn’t stopped. But look a bit carefully. There are signs that the government is actually doing things to the educational system which could augur well for India.

  • Fence-sitters gravitating towards the BJP

    The days of treating the BJP as an untouchable and the hypocrisy of shunning the saffron outfit because it was deemed to be a communal party are long over. The 2014 general elections were a revelation for the Congress and the 2019 one may well be a bigger denouement.

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    Not right for UP clerics to resist anthem

    It is most unfortunate that some Muslim organizations gave out a directive to madrassas (Islamic schools) to bar children from singing the national anthem on Independence Day. Such action which militates against the national spirit is reprehensible and ill-advised. While some clerics can be blamed for their brazen order, the Yogi Adityanath government in U.P. only worsened matters by singling out madrassas to be videographed to determine whether the students there were singing the

  • Modi holds out olive branch to Kashmiris

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conciliatory approach towards the people of Kashmir, acknowledging that bullets or abuses will not help resolve their problems and a change needs to take place by embracing all Kashmiris, was a significant aspect of his Independence Day address on Tuesday. This should set at rest speculation that his government is set to remove in any precipitate action the special status that Kashmir enjoys.

  • Gorakhpur tragedy: Do we value life?

    The Health Care System in Uttar Pradesh has failed the people and chief minister Yogi Adityanath must accept responsibility for the death of about 70 kids so far at the Baba Raghav Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur.

  • Good girls go out at night and party too

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address covered a range of contemporary issues, from national security and the war on corruption to the en masse death of children in a Gorakhpur hospital. The increasing incidence of attacks on women in public spaces, however, did not figure.

  • Kohli’s team decimates Lanka in Tests

    The spectacular Indian victory in the three-Test cricket series in Sri Lanka meets the oft-repeated criticism that the Indians are tigers at home but lambs abroad. Virat Kohli’s boys, by remaining on top of the ICC rankings table have redeemed themselves admirably and shown that they are a formidable team that deserves to be backed and supported. Chief coach Ravi Shastri too has vindicated the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) trust

  • Time not ripe to scrap Article 35A

    Even as the security forces make tangible gains in Kashmir in the war against terror which is fuelled and abetted from across the border, it is some relief that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ruled out any hasty action to abrogate Article 35A which provides for special status for the troubled state. Article 35A, which was added to the Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens

  • Nawaz Sharif: What is his next move?

    Nawaz Sharif ruled for the maximum period of nearly eight years as prime minister in four phases.  His second tenure in 1993 lasted only two months. Benazir Bhutto, the most popular Pakistani politician lasted only five years as PM in two phases while her father, served six years in leadership position as President (1971-73) and PM (1973-77). This indicates that Nawaz Sharif is the most resilient politician in Pakistan’s history

  • Churning in Indian politics in last 3 yrs

    For much of the 70 years since Independence, Indian politics has presented a picture of lively contestation. One side or another has invariably prevailed in electoral battles but this outcome was preceded by fierce encounters that were principally aimed at trying to secure converts from the other side. In other words, both sides—whether in government or the opposition—were clear that persuasion through democratic means was at the heart of politics. Both sides kept their