Tavleen Singh

Tavleen Singh

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

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.

Fifth Column: Losing time in Kashmir
Sun, Feb 14, 2016

A solution is not hard to find if the Prime Minister makes it clear that he has a clear, new policy.

No longer sure Modi’s idea of governance is different to those who ruined India with 5-year plans
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

If Modi continues to adopt policies reminiscent of Indira Gandhi’s ‘ghareebi hatao’ days, he will end up betraying the mandate he was given.

Fifth Column: Yes, Prime Minister
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

Modi has three years to go before the next election and this is more than enough time to build a political team capable of putting Delhi’s mighty mandarins in their place.

Missing in Davos, the buzz around India that once was
Mon, Jan 25, 2016

Finance minister, RBI governor, Indian businessmen did a good job presenting their case but sadly it was mostly Indians who seemed interested

Fifth column: Could Rohith have been saved?
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

The ministers in the Modi government who interfered in student politics should also have the grace to resign.

Davos, barometer of the changing way the investor views India
Tue, Jan 19, 2016

Over 20 years, transition from an economy without allure to India Everywhere to Make in India

Fifth column: A vital year
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

The most worrying failure of Modi’s first two years as PM has been the absence of job creation. So possibly, the most important thing he can do this year is find out why more jobs are not being created.

Fifth column: After Pathankot what?
Sun, Jan 10, 2016

Jihadi terrorism is the biggest threat to civilization as we know it, but what we saw in Pathankot last week cannot be dismissed as just another act of jihadi terrorism.

Fifth column: Hope in the New Year?
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

Every one of our political leaders must share the blame, and they would do well to spend this first Sunday of 2016 reflecting on how much their behaviour harmed the interests of the people who elected them.

Fifth Column: Horror and holy cows
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

Muslims have been the automatic target of the beef hysteria, but they are not the only Indians who made a living out of the cattle trade.

You should have ability to restore status quo ante (on perception)… at times we could not: Arun Jaitley
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sums up the NDA government’s achievements and failures while seeking to dispel the perception that it has deviated from the parivartan, vikas and achche din it had promised on the way to assuming power. Excerpts from an interview

Proud I created an asset for Delhi: Arun Jaitley opens up on DDCA corruption row
Sun, Dec 20, 2015

Arun Jaitley tells The Indian Express why he feels the AAP is playing the victim card.

Fifth Column: No boom, just gloom
Sun, Dec 20, 2015

The Modi government must prepare for an endless non-cooperation movement and get on with the task of governance.

Not even 1 percent of what AAP is saying is true: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Sat, Dec 19, 2015

On Kirti Azad: ‘Every party has a Trojan horse’

Fifth Column: Sonia’s threat
Sun, Dec 13, 2015

After returning from another mysterious medical break in a mysterious foreign country, Sonia got the news that the Delhi High Court had accepted that there was merit in the National Herald case.

Fifth column: Modi loses control
Sun, Dec 06, 2015

Rahul Gandhi gave Narendra Modi a lecture last week on how to behave like a Prime Minister.

Fifth Column: Intolerance of the real kind
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

When a huge star like Aamir Khan chooses instead to talk about his fears of Hindu intolerance, he does his faith a disservice.

Are Indian Muslims beginning to identify with their brethren in other parts of the world?
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

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.

Fifth column: Lies as history
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

If you read the foreign press and watch IS videos on YouTube you know that Yazidi girls have been auctioned in slave markets.

Fifth Column: Bihar’s future vs Bihar’s past
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

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.

Growing intolerance? What a bunch of old frauds these ‘intellectuals’ have proved to be
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

The truth is that us ‘liberal’ types are really the most illiberal people you will ever meet.

Fifth Column: Enough with Hindutva, it has poisoned the air with hatred, violence
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

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.