Tavleen Singh, a leading Columnist associated with The Indian Express. Find all Columns from Tavleen Singh here.
When a huge star like Aamir Khan chooses instead to talk about his fears of Hindu intolerance, he does his faith a disservice.
The truth is that jihadi terrorism has everything to do with Islam for those who think of the time of the Prophet as a blessed time that Muslims must return to.
If you read the foreign press and watch IS videos on YouTube you know that Yazidi girls have been auctioned in slave markets.
Young Biharis whenever allowed to speak, said in the clearest terms that what Bihar needed most was good schools, hospitals, roads and above all, jobs.
The truth is that us ‘liberal’ types are really the most illiberal people you will ever meet.
Instead, all we have talked about since Mohammad Akhlaq’s barbaric murder are the things that have held India back for decades. Old hatreds, old enmities, cultural intolerance and religious violence.
Writers who would have been adults during the Emergency said that the atmosphere of ‘intolerance’ today was worse than it was then. Really? How many of them have been jailed for saying this?
Narendra Modi finally spoke, but it was not a strong message and it came too late.
Akhlaq’s death was foretold from the moment Bharatiya Janata Party chief ministers started banning meat on the excuse of festivals during which it has never been banned before.
Last year, I was in Madison Gardens and reported in this newspaper that rock stars would be lucky to get the adulation that Modi got, writes Tavleen Singh.
It is not just the treatment of NGOs that has made Modi into an undesirable alien in the eyes of American academia, it is also his ‘interference’ in Indian universities and academic institutions.
What is most worrying is that the Prime Minister seems even to have allowed Rahul Gandhi to get under his skin with his ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’ comment.
In residential areas, narrow streets and tiny alleys continue to be filled with remnants from the floods. Rubble and broken pieces of wood lie in heaps.
Whatever his loyalties to the RSS, he should realise that hyper-nationalism and Hindutva cannot help him bring ‘parivartan’ or ‘vikas.’
The new leader from Gujarat is an unpleasant young man with dodgy political ideas and dodgy political heroes.
Nitish Kumar objected to the manner in which Narendra Modi announced the amount of investment the Central government is planning for Bihar on the dodgy grounds that it sounded as if Bihar was being auctioned off.
It made me happier to hear Rahul Gandhi admit that he was “here to save the people of India from Narendra Modi”.
Sonia Gandhi makes it clearer that she still does not accept Narendra Modi as prime minister.
If Yakub Memon had not spent 20 years in jail before he was finally hanged there would have been less sympathy for him.
On behalf of those of us watching from the outside may I say that both parties ended up looking juvenile and silly.
It gives me another chance to reiterate that Dr Sen is to blame for keeping vast majority of Indians poor, hungry and illiterate for decades.
What I do not understand is why Dr Sen as a virtual advisor to the last government did not get Dr Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi to change this horrible state of affairs.
No. The media has not come out well of Lalitgate. But, nobody has come out worse than the Congress Party.
If lustre has begun to fade from image of PM who last year at this time was a rock star, he has himself to blame.
The NITI Aayog has so far functioned in slow motion and this is most unfortunate.
Religious studies can be a subject in schools and colleges but religion cannot define Indian civilisation.
Has Devendra Fadnavis thought what foreign investors will make of a city in which children are jailed on the pretext of taking them into state care?
PM Modi needs to remember that if it becomes easier to do business in India it will help jobless, self-employed, very poor people much more than rich businessmen like Ambani and Adani.
And India stands once more, they say, on the verge of deep despair.
If jobs do not start raining down, Modi will soon see signs of enormous despair.
PM’s biggest failure has been his inability to give a hint of new policies in education and healthcare.
Rahul is back with an ideology: Nehruvian Socialism.
Rahul Gandhi's lies are serious and so must be analysed seriously.
Nobody seriously believes that there will be another redrawing of India’s borders.
When Modi promised to eliminate laws that came in the way of the justice system moving faster.
There have been no massacres of Christians, Muslims, Sikhs or Dalits since Narendra Modi took office.