Free Press Journal
  • Pranab Mukherjee writes to Vajpayee’s daughter

    New Delhi: Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday wrote a letter to the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s adopted daughter expressing his “heartfelt condolences” at his demise.

  • After Pranab Mukherjee, now Ratan Tata to share dais with RSS chief

    Mumbai: Industrialist Ratan Tata will be sharing the stage with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at an event here next month. The development comes after former president Pranab Mukherjee attended a function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Nagpur last month.

  • Because ‘PM’ (Pranabda) felt neglected

    Rahul Gandhi’s Iftar party invitation to Pranab Mukherjee indicates that far from being an outcast in the Congress ranks, the former president of India is as much in demand as ever. His bargaining value may even have gone up. However, it may be an over-simplification to view Mr Mukherjee’s hob-nobbing with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh only as a political gambit. The human aspect should not be ignored, especially with a sentimental Bengali

  • Decoding Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Nagpur

    The deluge of media reports and commentaries on former president Pranab Mukherjee’s controversial visit to RSS headquarters in Nagpur last week are like the story of three apocryphal blind men who went to see an elephant. Some analysts said the RSS may be trying to position Mukherjee as the next prime minister, some commentators thought it was just a Sangh ploy to legitimise its insular ideology, some said Pranabda himself may be

  • Former President Pranab Mukherjee attends Rahul Gandhi’s Iftar

    New Delhi: Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who was in the eye of a storm and the butt of criticism from some Congress leaders for going to the RSS headquarters, attended the Iftar party hosted by Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday.

  • Pranab Mukherjee stays true to his beliefs

    Former president Pranab Mukherjee made his presence felt at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur last week on June seventh with uneasy and doubting Congressmen finally heaving a big sigh of relief. He expressed his beliefs forcefully to those who held a different view in their own lair.

  • Pranab Mukherjee’s Mission Nagpur: Striking a blow for democracy

    The images from Nagpur were, in the words of a Congressman, hard to digest. Here was Pranab Mukherjee, a dyed-in-the-wool secularist, who had spent a lifetime in the Congress party, then became the President of India with the responsibility of upholding its Constitution, sharing the platform with, and enjoying the hospitality of, a person — and the organisation he heads, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) — espousing values and ideals that are

  • ‘Mainstreaming’ of RSS & its implication

    A Congressman for most part of his political life, Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to attend the valedictory function of the ‘Sangh Shiksha Varg’ at the headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Nagpur, had not gone down well with the Congress party and liberals who cherish democratic values and the Constitution. Despite the reservations expressed by several Congress leaders and others, the ex-president accepting the invite from the RSS had predictably generated a

  • A nationalist spoke out loud and clear

    India is never lacking in seasonal entertainment that often passes off as public controversy. The frenzy — both among the editorial and political classes — over former President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to an RSS function in Nagpur last week was a very Indian storm in a chai cup. There was a great deal of huffing and puffing before the event, saturation media coverage of the event itself and a profound sense of

  • Congress clarifies says former President Pranab Mukherjee is invited for Iftar party

    New Delhi: The Congress party came up with a late night clarification: It went out of the way to deny that it has not invited former President Pranab Mukherjee for the Iftar party to be hosted by Congress President Rahul Gandhi on June 13. The party was constrained to clarify after multiple media houses indicated that Pranab had been dropped as an invitee to the official Congress Iftar party.

  • Pranab Mukherjee at Nagpur: Regained relevance

    In the end, it was all a needless fuss. It is a free country. After retirement from active political life, and acquiring the status of an elder statesman with the additional appellation of an ex-president, Pranab Mukherjee had to make his own decision whether or not to attend the RSS event. It was grossly unfair to expect him not to go once he had duly agreed to be the chief guest at

  • RSS planning to pitch Pranab Mukherjee as PM candidate for 2019 Lok Sabha elections: Shiv Sena

    Mumbai: Is the Shiv Sena trying to drive a wedge between PM Modi and the RSS? A day after an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamna said that the buzz in Delhi is the RSS could pitch for Pranab Mukherjee as a consensus prime ministerial candidate after the 2019 elections, party spokesperson Sanjay Raut indicated it was not an off-the-cuff editorial comment.

  • Tewari likens Pranab’s morphed RSS images with Nazi propaganda

     New Delhi : Continuing his criticism of Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to an RSS event, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday likened with Nazi propaganda the former President’s morphed picture showing him raising his hand in salutation like RSS cadres do.

  • Congress bigwigs seen in poor light

    The paranoia of the Congress party on the eve of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to RSS workers at the Nagpur headquarters of the outfit, using every ruse to prevent him from fraternising with the RSS, showed intolerance at its worst. The party’s top brass was petrified that Pranab da may well pour out his angst against a party that had wronged him by denying him prime ministership when its then president

  • Pranab emerged ‘taller’ after RSS event, say Cong leaders

    New Delhi : Several Congress leaders on Friday heaped praises on Pranab Mukherjee, saying the former president had emerged ‘taller’ after telling the RSS about India’s pluralism, a day after many from the party had criticised him for visiting the Sangh headquarters.