Tavleen Singh, a leading Columnist associated with The Indian Express. Find all Columns from Tavleen Singh here.
There was a brief moment 10 years or so ago when India was the flavour of Davos. There were Indian fashion shows and art exhibitions, Bollywood songs played in cafes and people danced to them in nightclubs.
The one thing that has changed is that they are all forced now to have an Aadhaar card, and if they want work under the MNREGA, they need to upload their details to get a job card
Prime Minister Modi demonstrated real weakness when he said during the Gujarat election campaign that Pakistan was interfering in the election with the objective of defeating him in his home state.
Things that must happen, at least in BJP states, if Narendra Modi is to once more make parivartan and vikas his leitmotif in the general election in 2019
The acquittal of everyone charged with bribery and corruption in the 2G scam would have come as a personal blow to Modi. He made this the fulcrum of his campaign in 2014
If under Sonia Gandhi the Congress party reached its lowest point in a century of existence, it was because ordinary voters discovered that India had become a country in which they could never hope for more than a few scraps from the high table.
Hate crimes have become so routine since the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq two years ago that the death of Afrazul barely found mention in the next morning’s newspapers.
What the Prime Minister appears unaware of is that despite his appeals, foreign investors are not exactly lining up at India’s gates to invest in new projects. Could this be because the small things that make a huge difference have not yet changed?
Almost a decade has passed since 26/11, and we have come no closer to punishing Pakistan for this.
At the risk of sounding a little like a chippy, Hindutva type, I have to point out that there has been much more ignorance and prejudice about India evident in The New York Times since Narendra Modi became prime minister
Some of us know where black money really exists in abundance. It oils the wheels of India’s election machinery.
What should worry the Prime Minister is that Rahul Gandhi is attracting so much notice without a hint of renewal in the Congress party or his ideas. To mock Modi for demonetisation and GST is not enough.
Next week marks the anniversary of one of the worst episodes of politicians colluding with the police and officials to allow the massacre of innocent Indian citizens.
If the PM is sincere about his desire to build a ‘new India’, he must sack officials who tell lies about starvation deaths and chief ministers who allow them to do this
Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the BJP’s first prime minister did not have this constraint but never used his stupendous oratorical skills to explain to Indians why the business of governments should be to govern and not do business
From the day Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, there has been a concerted effort by the commissars who control political commentary to paint him as a fascistic despot who will destroy the ‘idea of India’.
In today’s column, I want to draw attention specifically to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in Mumbai where I spent a morning last week in the hope of getting permission to place two street children in a private children’s home run by a Parsi trust.
The Congress party’s prime ministerial candidate seems to have some really lazy minders travelling with him or they would have advised him not to say what he did.
When Smriti Irani went on national television to rage against the Congress vice-president for being a ‘failed dynast’ and to mock him for his ‘failed political career,’ I realized he must have said something that really hurt.
The only real tribute that anyone can pay Gauri Lankesh is to force the Karnataka government to do everything in its power to identify and punish her killers at the earliest.
So if Narendra Modi’s dream of a ‘New India’ is to ever materialise, he will need to first acknowledge that his chief ministers and his own ministers have not understood that a new kind of governance is the most essential ingredient of all.
I had come fully prepared for debate with people who I knew had the exact opposite worldview to my own, but what I had not come prepared for were hostile personal comments instead of debate.
Our current Kashmir problem was created by two mistakes made by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv. Mrs Gandhi made the mistake of wrongly toppling Farooq Abdullah’s government in 1984 and replacing him with a cipher.
Has that promise of ‘parivartan’ that won Modi the first full majority for a prime minister in 30 years been met?
The vehicle of remembrance is something that the Prime Minister needs to work on, but he could begin by holding a conference of major religious leaders from all our major religions.
One way to reduce corruption is by ensuring that political leaders do not bring their sons, daughters or wives into politics. The Prime Minister initially tried doing this but recent state elections have seen the advent of many mini BJP dynasts.
When for the hundredth time I heard somebody tell me that Modi was assured of a second term, and that his successor was going to be Yogi Adityanath, I started watching what was going on in the Congress party more carefully.
If the Prime Minister meant what he said about government not having any business to be in business, then we should by now have at least seen government hotels sold.
Almost no country needs to be more worried about jihadist Islam spreading than India, where more Muslims live than anywhere else, except Indonesia.
The Prime Minister said last week that nobody had the right to take the law into his own hands. So what he needs to do now is investigate why it is mostly in states ruled by BJP chief ministers that we have seen so many incidents of cow vigilantism.
Never before has a senior police officer been beaten to death in the way that Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith was outside Srinagar’s most important mosque last week. It really is time for Jammu Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti to be sacked.
What I found both fascinating and very scary was the extent of their hatred for those who subscribe to faiths that are not Indian in their origin.
It is true that some ministers have done reasonably well but not a single one of them so well as to explain the smugness that has settled over the Modi government.
Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma gave several interviews last week on the day that he was retiring from the Rajasthan High Court. Not about the failure of our justice system to speed up the delivery of justice, but about his faith.
Why does Modi remain a ‘fascist’ monster in the eyes of such a large, vocal group of Indians?
The third red flag I want to raise on this third anniversary is that there are no signs yet of the economic boom that people like me believed would happen as soon as Modi became Prime Minister.