Christie Davies (December 25, 1941 – August 26, 2017)

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Christie Davies (Photo Courtesy : Wikimedia Commons)

 

I knew Prof. Christie Davies just by his name, as friend of Mr. S. V. Raju and contributor of articles to Freedom First.  It was only after Mr. Raju’s demise that we started corresponding on e-mail and he offered to write for FF Digital.   Continue reading

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Elphinstone Bridge Tragedy : No Lessons Learnt

Firoze Hirjikaka

If there is one truism in our “sare jahan se achha” Bharat, it is the near total lack of accountability and responsibility in those we have elected to govern us. Even worse, this is accompanied by a total absence of shame. Despite the usual platitudes from our “netas”, I doubt if there is a pang of conscience or remorse among the lot of them. Their attitude is that these things happen – especially in India where life is cheap and expendable – and that the blame lies everywhere except on themselves. Nothing illustrates this attitude better than the recent human – and entirely preventable – tragedy of the Elphinstone Bridge stampede in Mumbai.   Continue reading

The National Anthem – A Debate

Keshav Rau

By the time these words appear in print, the euphoria associated with the country’s Independence Day celebrations would have died down.  Every Independence Day is an occasion for a lot of high-sounding pledges being taken by all to safeguard the long and hard-fought independence achieved through the sweat and toil of our forefathers.  Each Prime Minister, since independence, addresses the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort (nowadays within the confines of a fortified enclosure) announcing freebies and policy proclamations to the downtrodden and poor.  Continue reading

Congress Party – R.I.P.

Firoze Hirjikaka

It is now more or less official. The Congress Party is virtually defunct. The Grand Old Party, whose stalwarts fought for India’s independence, laid the foundation of genuine democracy in a region that had never experienced it, ensured equal representation for all minorities in a complicated and diverse nation, experimented with and then discarded Nehruvian socialism; and put India on the path of economic liberalization in 1991, is now a diaphanous shell of its former self.   Continue reading

Is India’s Foreseeable Political Future Immutable?

Firoze Hirjikaka

In my previous article “Where is India heading”, I had reflected on the ruling BJP aggressively pushing its Hindutva agenda and, by inference, its growing confidence about the inevitability of remaining in power till at least 2024. This deduction was bolstered by the lost-in-the-woods attitude of a mindless and incoherent Opposition. The certainty of seven more Modi years has been slightly diminished by recent events around the world, which may or may not have an effect on the Indian electorate.  Continue reading

Loan Waiver and its Myriad Facets

N. S. Venkataraman

The farming community has always been held in high esteem in India which possesses the second largest agricultural land in the world (around 60%), only next to the USA.

So when the farmers feel distressed, the Indian society becomes concerned and wants to do whatever it can, to help remove the crisis.  The government steps in with its schemes, offers and waivers.  Continue reading