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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 away ...

Balraj Puri

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

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 almost the...

The Late unlamented Planning Commission

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

Swachh Bharat

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

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. It is...

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 was the...

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 an attempt...

The Hisar Seige

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

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 help but...

World Human Rights Day

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



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 the most...

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 extra-judicial pronouncemen......

Justice Delayed

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

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 become common...

The Jhagada Dals

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

Bharatiya Sanskriti Bhavans

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

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. This is...

Book Review



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


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


Direndra S. Jafa
The core of the book is the author’s own personal experience during the 1971 war...

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 going to...

Review of the Right to Information (RTI)

N. S, Venkataraman
Nandini Voice for the Deprived, a Chennai based NGO, organised a meeting on September 21,...



Many Voices from the past




Sentencing Oscar Pistorius

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

On the Medical Profession

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

Satyarthi’s Nobel Gets Muted Response

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

Nehru and Kashmir

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

Defence Budget

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



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