SS Dhawan

SS Dhawan is the Editor of The Free Press Journal. He was previously associated with The Tribune.

Stories By SS Dhawan

RSS’ desperate quest for national icons

RSS’ desperate quest for national icons

Such is the desperation of the RSS for new ideologue constructs that it will not hesitate to hijack the legacy of any historical or conte...Read More

Hinduism and Hindutva – the siege within

Hinduism and Hindutva – the siege within

So, who is the real enemy of Hindutva? Well, if you are the kind who is bristling with this notion of moral and racial superiority; if yo...Read More

Mr Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the slip is showing

Mr Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the slip is showing

Karyakarta Modi, of course, has a good reason to feel indebted to the RSS which had invested him with some kind of a political halo. The ...Read More

PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore

Is this the return of the soft state?

When we do not retaliate — and the enemy needles us time and again — it is not because the Army does not have the firepower or the wherew...Read More

BJP can’t allow RSS to set its agenda

BJP can’t allow RSS to set its agenda

THIS EXTRANEOUS ‘authority’ may masquerade as a cultural society — or it may indeed be one; it may be an ideological parent or just a men...Read More

Don’t believe in economic fairy tales

Don’t believe in economic fairy tales

It is indeed remarkable: The entire world is looking at us and we keep making flimsy excuses for our under-performing government, inventi...Read More

Course correction: Sonia owes it to Rajiv

Course correction: Sonia owes it to Rajiv

All Said and done,  Rahul did not drop from the heavens into our waiting arms in Amethi. He has no divine right to rule, not is he a perm...Read More

BJP needs to look hard in the mirror

BJP needs to look hard in the mirror

This is the folly of picking persons with poor administrative skills and parachuting them into the party, and then allowing them to masqu...Read More

Patriotism does not need ‘song’ test

Patriotism does not need ‘song’ test

Patriotism is too sublime and spontaneous an emotion to inhabit the narrow confines of a song; or to be tethered to catchwords; to be hel...Read More

No victory is final, no defeat is fatal

No victory is final, no defeat is fatal

The message emanating from Gujarat is emphatic but which the BJP may not hear in the saffron din. That such is the fickle nature of polit...Read More

Time for new strategy on Doklam

Time for new strategy on Doklam

Now that we have proven to the world that we have the spunk to stand up to any bully in the region – even though China may not be feeling...Read More

Modi weans away ‘challenger’ Nitish

Modi weans away ‘challenger’ Nitish

PM Modi is too astute a politician to leave anything to chance in the 2019 general election. Acutely aware that the countdown has started...Read More

Spies: No badge of honour, no requiem

Spies: No badge of honour, no requiem

Let us cut out the pretence and jingoism and admit that we all spy on each other — often with hostile intent. States have done so ever si...Read More

Indira secured Sikkim as China watched

Indira secured Sikkim as China watched

Those among us who nurture this craving for a strong figurehead are besotted with both Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi in equal measure.

Punjab overcame terror, why not Valley?

Punjab overcame terror, why not Valley?

This will puzzle me to infinity: how did Punjab overcome terrorism? If I remember correctly, the common refrain in Punjab at the height o...Read More

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) embraces Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg on June 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TASS Host Photo Agency / STR

Diplomacy needs to go beyond hugs

Mr Prime Minister, no one cuddles the way you do and now we are finding out you are good at holding hands, too. It must be very reassurin...Read More

Towards a saffron Trimurti at Centre

Towards a saffron Trimurti at Centre

This was Prime Minister Modi’s ‘statesman’ moment: he could have disregarded his ideological affinities, ignored the political underpinni...Read More

Battle cry against Pakistan in TV studios

Battle cry against Pakistan in TV studios

An extremely hawkish defence policy is shaping up against Pakistan in our TV studios. Or at least a false national narrative is being con...Read More

Climate: It’s all about money, honey!

Climate: It’s all about money, honey!

President Donald Trump – the man who wants to make America great again – wants to sit with the likes of Nicaragua and Syria in the dugout...Read More

More to cow curbs than meets the eye

More to cow curbs than meets the eye

One must felicitate the Narendra Modi government. The State, despite its other onerous responsibilities such as implementing the GST and ...Read More

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