A. J Philip is a senior journalist and columnist. He has held high editorial posts in The Tribune, the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times. He writes regularly for the Indian Currents, the Oman Tribune and the New Indian Express. Two-day wonder in Karnataka Yeddyurappa goes unsung, unwept By AJ Philip Ambition is fine but over-ambition is dangerous. This is very clear from what happened to the BJP in Karnataka where its two-day wonder chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa was forced to resign on May 19. The party thought that it would have its own way, as it had an RSS man in the RajRead More →

While acquitting Punjab Minister and former Cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu in a culpable homicide case, the Supreme Court today raised a question mark on the Punjab police investigation in the case. “No doubt that there are lapses in the investigation. We cannot hazard a guess whether such lapses occurred because of the general inefficiency of the system or as a consequence of a concerted effort made to protect the accused.  The law of this country is not that people are convicted of offences on the basis of doubts” said A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul while highlighting lapses in the Punjab Police investigation inRead More →

A J Philip is a senior journalist and columnist. He has held high editorial posts in The Tribune, the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times. He writes regularly for the Indian Currents, the Oman Tribune and the New Indian Express. Iddli was, is and will be one of my favourite dishes. Combined with sambar and coconut chutney, it can compete with any breakfast anywhere in the world for its simplicity, easy digestibility, nutritional value and taste. This being the case, I was simply fascinated by the subject of the lecture, “Thermodynamics of Iddli”. The lecture was organised by the Physics Department of St. Thomas College,Read More →

Special Series: “Suniye Mukhyamantri Ji”- Part-2 Kasauli/Solan, May 14 The state has witnessed a number of heinous crimes including murder, rape and accidents recently. But it does not seem to be making any difference for the administration and police to take some serious measures. The situation is deteriorated to the extent that many places along the national highway and internal roads are considered to be far granted for locals and tourist for consumption of liquor. This not all, men can be seen creating a ruckus on public places under the influence of liquor and even indulging in incidents of eve-teasing. They even do not mindRead More →

Special Series: “Suniye Mukhyamantri Ji”…Part-1 Kasauli/Solan, May 13 “It’s very painful to see your mother suffering due to acute shortage of water. We all are helpless to consume contaminated from a hand pump and fearing serious threat of damage of liver, heart, and pancreas. She spends four hours every day to fetch water for us” said a 16-year-old Akshay Kumar of Kasauli. But he is not alone worrying about his mother, shortage of water is a serious issue for people living in rural and urban areas of Kasauli and Solan districts of Himachal Pradesh. Women are in much poor and miserable conditions in various partsRead More →

A.J. Philip is a senior journalist and columnist. He has held high editorial posts in The Tribune, the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times. He writes regularly for the Indian Currents, the Oman Tribune and the New Indian Express. Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa, was struggling for life. Swapan Das Gupta, who was the editorial page in-charge at the Indian Express at that time, asked me to write an editorial on her and leave it with PK Jain, his secretary. (Years later, I wrote an obit on Jain) More than a fortnight later when she died, I could not trace the editorial as it wasRead More →

“Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has hatched a conspiracy to kill journalist Ram Chandra Chhatrapati in the Sirsa based Dera Sacha Sauda”  Key witness Khatta Singh today told the CBI Special Judge, Jagdeep Singh while recording his fresh statement in the case as per the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders. He  appolozises to the court for retracting from his statement last time in 2012 stating that he was fearing serious threat to his life. Keeping in view the senstivity of the statement, the investigating officer of the case, SP Satish Dagar, also present in the court along with his team. The CBIRead More →

Finally, Cambridge Analytica has decided to shut its operation following Facebook data breach scandal. A spokesman for Cambridge Analytica Clarence Mitchell told  the media today that the media coverage of the issue has driven away virtually all of the company’s customers, suppliers and company no longer viable to continue operating the business. Recently the political consultancy was seriously exposed after the Facebook disclosed that the Cambridge Analytical had misused Facebook 87 million users data during US elections. In addition to it, data of Facebook users of other countries also breached. The News Freedom www.thenewsfreedom.com has done special series highlighting the serious implications of data breach and loopholesRead More →

The Himachal police have no clue about the accused even after 24 hours of killing of woman assistant town and country planner by a hotel owner in Kasauli. To much shocking incident, the officer Shasibala Sharma was shot dead by a hotel owner Vijay Kumar during demolition drive in a broad daylight yesterday.There seems to be no fear among the criminal minded people in the state. As the incident took place when the woman officer along with other team members were removing encroachments as per the Supreme Court directions. This is not first incident, last year Gudiya gang rape and murder case had shocked theRead More →

Khatta Singh is a key independent witness for the  CBI as he was present in both the meetings where in the dera chief had hatched a conspiracy to eliminate journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera Manager Ranjit Singh. The facts came to light when Khatta Singh first time disclosed to the CBI in December, 2006. Later he had also recorded the same statement against the dera chief before the judicial magistrate on June 22, 2007. Khatta Singh was once a close confidant of the dera chief. He had become the follower of Dera Sacha Sauda in 1970. Thereafter he shifted to Sirsa from hisRead More →