Tavleen Singh, a leading Columnist associated with The Indian Express. Find all Columns from Tavleen Singh here.
Never before has a senior police officer been beaten to death in the way that Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith was outside Srinagar’s most important mosque last week. It really is time for Jammu Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti to be sacked.
What I found both fascinating and very scary was the extent of their hatred for those who subscribe to faiths that are not Indian in their origin.
It is true that some ministers have done reasonably well but not a single one of them so well as to explain the smugness that has settled over the Modi government.
Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma gave several interviews last week on the day that he was retiring from the Rajasthan High Court. Not about the failure of our justice system to speed up the delivery of justice, but about his faith.
Why does Modi remain a ‘fascist’ monster in the eyes of such a large, vocal group of Indians?
The third red flag I want to raise on this third anniversary is that there are no signs yet of the economic boom that people like me believed would happen as soon as Modi became Prime Minister.
Arnab Goswami is breaking a journalistic rule that is definitely etched in stone.
It is hard to understand why a PM so passionate about making India a modern, digital, prosperous country has seemingly not noticed that hunting and killing Muslims on the pretext of cows and love jihad does not sit well with modernity.
Every time a new electoral defeat happens, venerable opposition leaders say exactly the same thing they have been saying since the Modi era began.
So if peace is to be restored, what we need is a strategy for war.
One of the reasons this column supported Modi was because he seemed to understand well the possibilities of creating millions of jobs through investment in tourism.
If cow protection is their motive, why are they not rescuing cows abandoned in the streets of our cities?
At social gatherings, our honorable MPs behave like best friends and not political opponents.
There is not a country ruled by religious men that allows normal human beings to go about the normal business of living joyfully, without the interference of morality policemen.
With his uncanny knack for keeping his finger firmly on the pulse of Indian voters, he knows that what they really want is a different India.
In Gujarat in 2002, both Hindus and Muslims died, but we called it a pogrom and the demonisation of Narendra Modi began.
In India our political leaders have in 70 years of glorious independence not been able to provide the vast majority of our citizens with the most basic public services.
The Prime Minister is right when he says India cannot move forward until UP does. But forgets that in 2014, this state gave him the 73 seats he needed to get a full majority.
Sasikala went only after trying to portray herself as a martyr.
The fact that demonetisation was handled so inefficiently should tell the Prime Minister that administrative reforms are almost more important now than economic reforms.
On paper all kinds of anti-poverty schemes were available in the village, but had made little or no difference.
Since the Prime Minister sees black money as one of our biggest problems, we must hope that in pursuance of his search for it, he will start inquiring into the finances of our political dynasties.
There were as many Indian participants at this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum as there were Chinese, but nobody noticed India at all
The question we should all really be asking is why India remains one of the poorest countries in the world with such a profusion of leaders who love poor people.
The government of India is making tireless efforts to support those states who are doing well.
Modi is lucky to have such an uninspiring bunch of opponents but he must remember that any one of them will defeat him if this year does not bring signs of real reform.
The RSS has long been described as right-wing or, since the ascent of Donald Trump, the alt-right.
Rahul’s doting Mummyji continues to believe that her son will one day lead India.
In his digital dreams Mr Modi sees a billion Indians becoming enthusiastic participants in a cashless economy in the near future.
Nationalism and patriotism come naturally when they are not decreed by people arrogant enough to believe they have a right to dictate such things.
The consensus among opposition is that not only has PM Modi behaved like a power-crazed dictator, but he also has revealed himself for the first time to be a hopeless administrator.
The truth is that even if every last little black rupee becomes shining and white, there is no guarantee that India will achieve her dreams of prosperity.
We must hope that once he becomes President, a wiser, more serious man will emerge to enable him to tackle grim international problems that are complex and terrifying.
The violence we have seen in Kashmir in the past three months was never about Burhan Wani’s death, it was always about something uglier and more insidious, but we ignored it.
Retroactive taxation was the last nail in the economy’s coffin and one of the biggest mistakes of the Modi government was to not rid us of it in its first Budget.
It shamed me to watch Karan Johar appear on national television last week to plead abjectly for his film.