Tavleen Singh

Tavleen Singh

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

Fifth column: In defence of Mallya
Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Instead of competing to distance themselves from big business our political leaders should explain to the people of India why a company that produced 40 per cent of our copper was forcibly closed by the Tamil Nadu government.

The first lynching
Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Three years after the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq, there is no remorse in his village. There is a sense of menace.

Fifth Column: A false narrative
Sun, Sep 09, 2018

The essence of the new narrative is that Modi has ‘destroyed’ the institutions of democracy and that if he gets a second term he will make sure elections are never held again.

Urban Naxals et al
Sun, Sep 02, 2018

The embodiment of Leftist economic policies is MGNREGA. It supposedly guarantees jobs but is in fact just dole. It may ‘alleviate’ poverty but can never help poor people rise out of poverty. Modi seemed to know this when he first became Prime Minister.

Fifth Column: A goof or a goof up?
Sun, Aug 26, 2018

If it can be argued that Modi’s chances remain very strong because Rahul is a goof, we must also acknowledge that Rahul has become a serious challenger today entirely because the BJP has taken this goof very, very seriously.

Fifth column: A personal tribute to Atalji
Sun, Aug 19, 2018

"After the Babri Masjid was demolished I asked him why he did not leave the BJP if he was so unhappy with what had happened. He replied in the words of that famous song, ‘Jaayein, to jaayein kahaan (Where should I go)’."

Fifth column: Truth about the Fourth Estate
Sun, Aug 12, 2018

The least abusive epithet used for me is that I am a ‘Lootyens’ journalist.

Fifth column: Reviving bad memories
Sun, Aug 05, 2018

In recent weeks I have heard of tax raids in which there has been open extortion and in which upright citizens have been publicly humiliated.

Fifth Column: Taliban Khan or Imran Khan?
Sun, Jul 29, 2018

Narendra Modi’s hand of friendship has been as firmly slapped away by the military men next door as Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s was when he famously travelled across the Wagah border in that gilded bus in the winter of 1999.

Fifth column: Back to vote banks
Sun, Jul 22, 2018

The most powerful vote bank has always been the Muslims and this does not belong to the BJP, so in the past four years they have been punished.

Towards a Hindu Pakistan?
Sun, Jul 15, 2018

If the BJP does manage to win a second term, the Prime Minister would do well to ask himself why we have violent Hindutva instead of a Hindu renaissance that could make Indians truly proud, writes Tavleen Singh.

Back to old times?
Sun, Jul 08, 2018

For those Indians who gave Modi a full majority it was because the words ‘parivartan’ and ‘vikas’ came as music to their ears.

Fifth Column: What can Modi do now?
Sun, Jul 01, 2018

So can Modi do anything in the next few months that would restore the lustre that once made him seem undefeatable? There are those who wander about these days predicting that he will do something melodramatic and irreparable like prohibition.

If not Narendra Modi then who could be India’s next PM?
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

If not Modi then who could be India’s next prime minister? Is it time to start asking this question? I think it could be because Indian voters are today more impatient than they were 10 years ago, and they are much more aspirational.

Confusion and horror in Kashmir
Sun, Jun 17, 2018

The United Nations released its first ever report on human rights violations in the Kashmir Valley. It recommends a commission of inquiry into the ‘excessive use of force’ by Indian security forces.

Fifth column: Lies that help Modi
Sun, Jun 10, 2018

Modi has made mistakes in the past four years. He has failed to take India in a new economic direction. He wasted time on demonetisation and wasted money on huge, useless Congress welfare schemes like MNREGA. And, he failed to change our ‘socialist’ political culture.

Fifth Column: Bad news for the BJP
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

If Narendra Modi does not start paying attention to the message that voters in Uttar Pradesh have been trying to send him for months, he may as well give up all hopes of becoming prime minister again in 2019.

Modi’s two biggest mistakes and how he fell into a Congress trap
Sun, May 27, 2018

If only when Rahul Gandhi taunted Modi for running a ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’, he had said that his dream was to ensure that even the poorest Indian some day had enough money to buy suits and boots.

Fifth Column: Endangered democracy
Sun, May 20, 2018

This sickness in our democracy did not begin after Narendra Modi became prime minister. But, it is this storyline that has been sought to be disseminated by secular, leftist political commentators in order to disguise their loyalties to the Congress party.

Fifth column: A bad rehearsal
Sun, May 13, 2018

If this election has seen the rise of Rahul Gandhi and the return of his Mummy, the Prime Minister has only himself to blame. Instead of taking India in a new direction, as he promised, he has strayed hardly at all from the Congress path.