Monday, Feb 06, 2023

Fifth Column


Tavleen Singh writes: Religion and politics do not mix

June 12, 2022 8:42 am

Tavleen Singh writes: "If religion had not become part of our political discourse, none of this would have happened. But, because it has, we have a situation in which BJP spokespersons appear to have been encouraged to demean Islam."

Tavleen Singh writes: Thank you Amit Shah for acknowledging Delhi campaign tone harmed BJP

February 16, 2020 8:22 am

For Amit Shah, who is usually in aggressive, attack mode, to go so far as admitting that the poison and hate spewed by his lieutenants may have hurt the BJP in Delhi is both surprising and welcome.

Political instability in Karnataka and Goa is more dangerous for BJP than Congress

July 14, 2019 7:35 am

If the Prime Minister is sincere about creating a new India, then he will have to create a new political culture. It should be one in which defectors are not welcomed into the BJP as if they were heroes.

Fifth column: Between myth and history 

May 06, 2018 12:20 am

Like most other Indians, Kashmir for me was just a place I saw in Bollywood films and summer holidays. Like most Indians I saw the Kashmiri Muslims as traitors whose loyalties were not to India.

Fifth column: Hindutva against Hindus?

April 08, 2018 12:30 am

Ironically, it is the Hindutva mothership that has noticed what is happening before most political commentators have.

Fifth column: A war that must be won

March 27, 2016 12:10 am

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

March 20, 2016 7:36 am

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: An end to socialist elitism?

June 15, 2014 12:32 am

Modi does not see poverty as romantic or alluring. Having lived in poverty, he knows the indignities it imposes if you are not a tourist.

Fifth Column: Is Bihar India’s future?

March 23, 2014 10:23 am

So has anything at all changed for the better since I was last here in the reign of Rabri Devi? Yes. Law and order has improved dramatically..

The campaign begins

September 15, 2013 12:21 am

Neither of the two men who lead the race to become India’s next prime minister raised local issues.