Tavleen Singh, a leading Columnist associated with The Indian Express. Find all Columns from Tavleen Singh here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The aged socialists who surfaced on the day of the Bharat Bandh charged Narendra Modi with things that he has not yet done.
Burhan Wani, whose death caused the current spate of violence, was a peacetime terrorist.
The sad truth is that India’s biggest failures in 70 years of glorious independence have been in the area of human resource development.
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.
Since the Prime Minister has remained silent, the impression has gone around that he secretly approves of what these cow vigilantes are doing.
In his first address from the Red Fort, the Prime Minister made the grand gesture of abolishing the Planning Commission.
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.