Tavleen Singh, a leading Columnist associated with The Indian Express. Find all Columns from Tavleen Singh here.
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.
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.
The ideology of Islamism is directly responsible for creating these monsters who become bereft even of basic humanity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the Prime Minister wants to stop having his agenda for governance and development derailed, he must build better relations with the media.
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.
This is money that would have been much better spent on improving our disgraceful government schools and appalling government hospitals,
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’.