Tavleen Singh

Tavleen Singh

Tavleen Singh, a leading Columnist associated with The Indian Express. Find all Columns from Tavleen Singh here.

Fifth column: Sasikala goes to jail
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

Sasikala went only after trying to portray herself as a martyr.

Fifth column: Beyond black money
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

The fact that demonetisation was handled so inefficiently should tell the Prime Minister that administrative reforms are almost more important now than economic reforms.

Fifth column: A letter from rural India
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

On paper all kinds of anti-poverty schemes were available in the village, but had made little or no difference.

Fifth Column: Ballot box feudalism
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

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.

Fifth column: India’s eternal time warp
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

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

Fifth column: Poverty, glorious poverty
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

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.

Fifth column: Change at last?
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

The government of India is making tireless efforts to support those states who are doing well.

Happy new year?
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

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.

Fifth Column: Not right but wrong
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

The RSS has long been described as right-wing or, since the ascent of Donald Trump, the alt-right.

Rahul Gandhi’s moment
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

Rahul’s doting Mummyji continues to believe that her son will one day lead India.

Fifth Column: Murmurs of trouble
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

In his digital dreams Mr Modi sees a billion Indians becoming enthusiastic participants in a cashless economy in the near future.

Fifth column: Plastic patriotism
Sun, Dec 04, 2016

Nationalism and patriotism come naturally when they are not decreed by people arrogant enough to believe they have a right to dictate such things.

Fifth Column: Method or madness?
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

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.

Fifth Column: Black or white?
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

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.

Fifth column: Lessons from America
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

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.

Fifth Column: A time to speak out
Sun, Nov 06, 2016

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.

Fifth column: Happy Diwali
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

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.

Fifth column: Meaningless jingoism
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

It shamed me to watch Karan Johar appear on national television last week to plead abjectly for his film.

‘Doubting Thomases’: India’s ‘liberals’ remain believers
Sun, Oct 16, 2016

The Indian Army has more credibility than the Pakistani Army in the eyes of most Indians, but not this lot. So the voices of what the Defence Minister called ‘doubting Thomases’ have been heard across the land.

Fifth column: Confusion confounded
Sun, Oct 09, 2016

When a dynasty has remained in power for nearly all of India’s years as an independent nation, it is not easy to accept that some little commoner from Gujarat should usurp the throne.

Fifth column: No more strategic restraint
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

As things stand, the military men who control that country and the religious fanatics they have nurtured know well that if there is peace with India, their time is up.

Not terrorism, we must accept we are at war with Pakistan
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

We must hope that the Defence Minister will now punish those who were careless enough to allow 18 Indian soldiers to be killed so easily.

Fifth column: Thank you, Mulayam
Sun, Sep 18, 2016

In a state the size of France, Mulayam Singh Yadav and his many relatives have taken control of all the levers of political and economic power exactly as used to happen in times of yore when rajas ruled the land.

Fifth column: 9/11 and its aftermath
Sun, Sep 11, 2016

Everywhere that there are Muslims we see the effects of this and everywhere there are Muslims we see excuses for why the allure is so strong.

Fifth Column: An ideological war
Sun, Sep 04, 2016

The aged socialists who surfaced on the day of the Bharat Bandh charged Narendra Modi with things that he has not yet done.

Fifth column: Old slogans for a new problem
Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Burhan Wani, whose death caused the current spate of violence, was a peacetime terrorist.

Fifth Column: Lessons from Rio
Sun, Aug 21, 2016

The sad truth is that India’s biggest failures in 70 years of glorious independence have been in the area of human resource development.

Fifth column: Kashmir’s violent ‘children’
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

The Prime Minister in his speech said he was sad that instead of laptops and books in their hands these children had stones and grenades.

Fifth column: Wake up, Mr Modi
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

Since the Prime Minister has remained silent, the impression has gone around that he secretly approves of what these cow vigilantes are doing.

Parivartan, Vikas: PM Modi won’t have much to list in his August 15 address
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

In his first address from the Red Fort, the Prime Minister made the grand gesture of abolishing the Planning Commission.

Fifth column: Of cows and caste
Sun, Jul 24, 2016

Violence against Dalits is not something that began in the past two years as the tenor of the debate in Parliament would have us believe.

Jihad unlimited: Does Kashmir need a military response or a political one?
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

Fifth Column: Every time the Valley explodes, experts emerge to pronounce in ponderous tones that we need to find a ‘political solution’ instead of just a military one.

Fifth column: Horror in Ramzan
Sun, Jul 10, 2016

The ideology of Islamism is directly responsible for creating these monsters who become bereft even of basic humanity.

Fifth column: A happy anniversary
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

The great Indian dream in those times was a government job. Private enterprise and profit were dirty words. Entrepreneurs who produced more than their licences permitted were punished.

Rajan did nothing to discourage silly adulation
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

He maintained a dignified silence, as RBI Governors should, in the initial months of his appointment. But no sooner did Narendra Modi become PM than he took to commenting on almost everything.

Tavleen Singh writes: Attitude of political Hindutva elements within BJP must change if it wants to win UP polls
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

The great strength of the Indic religions is that they do not believe that theirs is the only truth and theirs the only God. This must not change.