Tavleen Singh

Tavleen Singh

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

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.

Fifth column: No more Sanskriti schools
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

According to said news item, there are plans afoot to build Sanskriti schools across India for the benefit of bureaucrats’ children when their parents get transferred out of Delhi.

‘Foul-mouthed Hindutva fanatics in Modi’s team have nullified his efforts’
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

The awful Swami Adityanath went so far as to demand that Akhlaq’s family be arrested on cow slaughter charges. Is he sick or mad?

A big bang theory
Sun, May 29, 2016

Prime Minister seems unaware that reforms are needed not just in the economy if real ‘parivartan’ is to ever happen in our ancient, decrepit land.

Fifth Column: Congress in crisis
Sun, May 22, 2016

At a time when jihadi terrorism has proved that it is the biggest threat to the world as we know it, whipping up fears over Hindutva terrorism is absurd and has a hollow ring. Yet this continues to be the Congress party’s only weapon against the BJP.

Fifth column: Cause for worry
Sun, May 15, 2016

As someone who lives in Maharashtra, I can report that in this state nothing has changed since a BJP chief minister took power two years ago.

Fifth Column: Tinkering and tokenism?
Sun, May 08, 2016

In my view, the Prime Minister has done a great job of improving India’s image in the world and his foreign policy initiatives have been good.

AgustaWestland deal: Bribery and hope
Sun, May 01, 2016

If the Prime Minister is serious about fighting corruption, then this defence scandal gives him a real chance to go deeper into the causes of the rot.

Relentless demonisation of PM Narendra Modi is wrong
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

If the Prime Minister wants to stop having his agenda for governance and development derailed, he must build better relations with the media.

Ambedkar would be deeply ashamed of the way India has turned out despite his fine Constitution
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

It was with sadness and cynicism that I watched the unprecedented outpouring of paeans to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary last week.

Fifth column: Panama Papers et al
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

This is money that would have been much better spent on improving our disgraceful government schools and appalling government hospitals,

Fifth column: Let’s talk about ‘parivartan’
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

My experience came as a harsh reminder that ‘parivartan’ has not begun to happen in officialdom despite Narendra Modi’s promise of ‘minimum government and maximum governance’.

Fifth column: A war that must be won
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

In India, jihadi violence has a longer history than almost anywhere else because of the Islamic Republic next door.

Fifth Column: The RSS needs to change a lot more than its knickers
Sun, Mar 20, 2016

The ‘idea of India’ that leftists and secularists cling to so passionately is one in which the subcontinent has come to resemble a vast slum, in which the majority of Indians live in degraded conditions without clean water or clean air.

Fifth column: When the kleptocracy began
Sun, Mar 13, 2016

‘Q’ is an important reminder of the exact moment when India began to become a kleptocracy.

When Modi became PM there was hope he’d give India a new economic philosophy. That hope is beginning to die
Sun, Mar 06, 2016

It was good to hear the Prime Minister speak in the Lok Sabha last week. Not just because he made a good speech but because we need to hear him a lot more and his rabidly Hindutva ministers a lot less.

‘It’s time for PM Modi to show whether he really has it in him to make real the ‘achche din’ promise’
Sun, Feb 28, 2016

In my mind, there is no doubt that in Parliament the BJP won the debate over the latest frenzied distraction.

Fifth Column: Celebrating India’s destruction
Sun, Feb 21, 2016

Frankly I was appalled by the videos I saw. I am no hyper-nationalist but object totally to students demanding that India be broken into pieces.