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Issue No.: 571 | January 2015

Between Oursleves


Between Ourselves

S. V. Raju
In the November 2012 issue of Freedom First, we wrote in this space: "A 15-year...



Aspi Moddie

A. D. Moddie or Aspi Moddie as he was better known passed awa......

Balraj Puri

"In the sad demise of Balraj Puri at Jammu India has lost a...

Prime Minister Modi – Reforms and Governance


Modi and His Alter-Ego

Firoze Hirjikaka
Modi and Shah demonized the Congress to such an extent that they convinced...

The Late unlamented Planning Commission

The Mint
During his term as prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi once called members of the...

Swachh Bharat

Rekha Rao
I have been a regular reader of Freedom First for more than 15...

Foreign Relations in the 21st Century


“Look East” to “Act East” and “Link West”: New Direction and Dynamism in Indian Foreign Policy

B. Ramesh Babu
"Purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for our sentiments....

Why China Wants to be a Full Member of SAARC

Nitin G. Raut
At the 18th SAARC meet, more than any tangible action, what resonated more...

Point Counter Point : Every issue has at least two sides


Return of a Jihadi

Ashok Karnik
A wise person examines all sides before coming to a conclusion. This is...

The Hisar Seige

Ashok Karnik
Every issue has at least two sides. A wise person examines all sides...

Mamata’s Ire

Ashok Karnik
The mercurial Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal... POINT...

Shiv Sena’s Contortions

Ashok Karnik
The never ending talks between the BJP and Shiv Sena .....exercise of power-sharing ......

The Tibetans’ Struggle for Freedom


Missing the Whole Picture

Tsewang Sonam
Why is China afraid of the media and free flow of information?  I cannot...

World Human Rights Day

This year marks the 25th year of the award of Nobel Peace Prize...



Constitution – an Instrument of Governance of A Nation: Austinian and Ambedkarian Perspectives

B. N. Mehrish
Granville Austin (1927 – 2014) passed away on July 6, 2014. He was...

Some Thoughts on Our Judiciary and the Media

H. R. Bapu Satyanarayana
It is observed that some times the judges in their enthusiasm indulge in...

Justice Delayed

Farrokh Mehta
The number of cases pending before the courts of the country has inundated...

Threats to Upright Bureaucrats and the state of Investigative Journalism

V. Krishna Moorthy
Threats to journalists who report such murky deals face dire consequences, which have...

The Jhagada Dals

T. H. Chowdary
The Janata Dal was a combination of casteist groups in more or less...

Bharatiya Sanskriti Bhavans

T. H. Chowdary
Germany has been establishing and running Max Mueller Bhavans to get people in...

The Rural Perspective


Agriculture and Rural Indebtedness - V

R. M. Mohan Rao
Freedom from British Rule did little to improve the lot of the Farmer....

Book Review



Nani Gopal Mahanta
The people of Assam did not like the grouping of Assam with Bengal...


Sheryar Ookerjee
"The book contains anecdotes of Parsis whom he (Professor Ookerjee) personally knew or...


Direndra S. Jafa
The core of the book is the author’s own personal experience during the...

Educating Adults


Legalise Prostitution: Shift the Onus on the State

Hina Manerikar
Just because prostitution is legal, is exploitation going to end, or are pimps...

Review of the Right to Information (RTI)

N. S, Venkataraman
Nandini Voice for the Deprived, a Chennai based NGO, organised a meeting on...



Many Voices from the past




Sentencing Oscar Pistorius

Judge Thokozile Matilda
It would be a sad day for this country if an impression was...

On the Medical Profession

Eric G. Campbell,
This appears to be the business plan. It appears to be, you do...

Satyarthi’s Nobel Gets Muted Response

Business Standard,
There has been "a lack of real enthusiasm” in lauding the Nobel Prize...

Nehru and Kashmir

Brig. Suresh Sharma
Kashmir V. P. Menon and Col. [later Field Martial] Maneckshaw returned from Jammu and...

Defence Budget

Brig. Suresh Sharma
Budget Allotment Against a projection of Rs. 440 crore of foreign exchange by the...



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