Naozer Aga (1941-2018) : A Tribute

“Our time on this earth is sacred, and we should celebrate every moment.” Paulo Coelho

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Naozer Aga speaking at Swatantra Party meeting, August 1, 2009 to commemorate the 50th year of its founding.

The above quote aptly describes the life of Naozer Aga, first-generation entrepreneur, dear friend of Freedom First and former Hon. General Secretary of the Indian Liberal Group (ILG) who the liberal fraternity lost to a tragic road accident on February 19, 2018. Continue reading

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The Strange Castes of British India

Christie Davies

In March 1974, the University Grants Commission of India assigned me the task of giving lectures at the Punjab University in Chandigarh.  It was congenial work with delightful colleagues.  At the end of each afternoon we would meet for kala chai and talk about our academic work, the latest iniquities of the politicians and about India.  But there was also joking and gossip and banter and I would always join in.  Continue reading

Some Amazing Untold War Stories

We start 2018 with a post from Brig. Suresh C. Sharma who brings us a few lesser known war time incidents, some astonishing and amusing war stories.  Such happenings are neither published nor recorded anywhere but, we guess, are talked about among the military pals and, at times, find place in the reminiscences of our real heroes.  The column on “Military Musings” is Freedom First‘s salute to our real heroes and their spirit. Continue reading

Where is the India I grew up in?

Firoze Hirjikaka

This article is not so much a complaint as a cry of anguish. What is happening to the Bombay, nay India, I grew up in?  As I witness the rising intolerance, tacitly encouraged by the government, both at national and state levels; as I watch the majority systematically attempting to dominate and even ignore minorities, without a thought to the latter’s aspirations and mounting frustrations; as I lament over the inexorable stripping away of our constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of expression in the spurious name of pseudo nationalism, I can only watch in helpless horror the deterioration of the nation’s core values and ethics.   Continue reading

Triple Talaq Verdict – Remembering Hamid Dalwai

Nitin G. Raut

On 22nd August, 2017, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India by 2/3 majority judgment struck down the practice of triple talaq as unconstitutional.  In the landmark judgment, Justice R. F. Nariman and Justice U. U. Lalit held that the practice of triple talaq violates the fundamental right under Article 14 which deals with equality before law.   Continue reading