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Saturday, March 06, 2021

Tavleen Singh

Tavleen Singh

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

It’s important to remind those who sit in high office today that dissent is not sedition
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Tavleen Singh writes: Every time sedition charges are recklessly made against a student, an activist or a journalist, it diminishes our democracy a little bit more. Dissent is the lifeblood of democracy. Without it, democracy dies.

PM Modi needs to ask why we don’t see the hope that spread across India after 1991 economic reforms
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

Tavleen Singh writes: It is now time for PM Modi to ­realise that only when he delivers on the ground what he has put in words will we see a revival of that optimism that we saw in 1991.

When govt shows signs of paranoia, it has dangerous consequences
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

Tavleen Singh writes: When the Prime Minister himself is paranoid it stands to reason that his ministers and supporters will go further to launch their own campaigns to ferret out ‘anti-nationals’ and ‘urban Naxals’. This has been going on for a while.

Mishandling of farmers’ agitation has damaged PM Modi’s carefully cultivated image as a world statesman
Sun, Feb 07, 2021

Tavleen Singh writes: Instead of trying to shut down foreign voices it would be better for the Prime Minister to concentrate his energies on trying to win back the trust of our farmers.

PM Modi must desist from making the repeal of farm laws a prestige issue
Sun, Jan 31, 2021

On the farm laws, all that is left to say is that there is a total breakdown of trust. Farmers believe the new laws will destroy existing farm markets and throw them into the hands of private traders.

An alternative R-Day parade next week could be beginning of something that bodes ill for PM Modi
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

The farmers' tractor parade seeks not to disrupt the official parade but to make the point that the government has stopped listening to the people.

In India, Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it a blessing or two
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

The vaccines have been produced by private companies, but decades of socialism have trained us to allow political leaders to take credit for everything.

The ‘new Indian’ hates Muslims, believes that criticism of Modi govt amounts to an attack on India
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

If you run into one of these ‘new Indians’, remember that it is useless getting into any sort of discussion with them. It will take you nowhere.

2020 has been horrible year for India for reasons that have nothing to do with pandemic
Sun, Jan 03, 2021

It has become evident that in the ‘new India’, anyone who questions Modi’s policies will be treated as ‘anti-national’. Dissent is the lifeblood of democracy, so the harm done by this contempt for dissension is incalculable.

For the first time in seven years, PM Modi is beginning to look weak
Sun, Dec 27, 2020

Tavleen Singh writes: The farmers have shown Narendra Modi that this kind of contempt for the people is not something that even the most powerful political leaders can get away with. The PM has been forced finally to step out of his echo chamber into the real world.

The idea that there is a Muslim conspiracy to prey on Hindu girls and convert them to Islam is ludicrous
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

What worries me today is that we seem in India to be regressing into a Hindu version of Pakistan. What worries me more is that laws are being passed that specifically target women’s rights and that our usually vocal feminists are mysteriously silent.

Is it not fair to ask if PM Modi exists in a different reality to the one the rest of us inhabit?
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

Is it just that sort of moment when Indian reality becomes so surreal that it is hard to see clearly what reality is any more. Through the fog of surrealism what is clear is that the voice of ‘the people’ is not being heard.

Narendra Modi’s dangerous isolation
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

In a democracy, the people’s voice is not heard just through the ballot box, and it is beginning to look as if Prime Minister Modi has forgotten this.

26/11 attacks: Mumbai remains as vulnerable today as it was on those awful days 12 years ago
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

After 26/11 the lesson we have learned is that it is no longer about Kashmir. It is about harming India in every way possible and the reason why Mumbai has been on target, is with the specific aim of weakening India’s economy.

Tavleen Singh writes: Is it any wonder that in Modi’s India dissidence is being seen as sedition?
Sun, Nov 22, 2020

When it comes to dog whistles it is true to say that both Hindu and Muslim ‘leaders’ are guilty. But, it is those who hold high office in Modi’s government who have the highest platforms and the loudest whistles, so they need to show the highest responsibility.

May Diwali bring hope this vile year
Sun, Nov 15, 2020

PM Modi's economic failures, that began with demonetisation, should reduce any satisfaction he gets from his political successes.

Media has been managed so well by Modi government that for ministers to dare speak of ‘press freedom’ is offensive
Sun, Nov 08, 2020

For a while it seemed as if Modi’s reason for never having given a press conference was that he did not know how to deal with the media.

India cannot afford to allow an Islamist state within her borders and this is what Kashmir had become
Sun, Nov 01, 2020

Narendra Modi’s Kashmir policy will be counted as a miserable failure if he does not bring peace and normalcy to the Valley so if the demands of leaders like Farooq and Mehbooba are reasonable they will be met.

India does have a jihadist movement that must be confronted as French President has done
Sun, Oct 25, 2020

In India, there is no room for either the Islamic State, its evil ideology, or for ‘scholars’ who talk such rubbish. Our religions and the foundational values of our nation do not sanction primitive concepts like blasphemy and apostasy.

If there is one formidable bastion that has stood in way of malevolent ‘new normal’, it is Bollywood
Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Tavleen Singh writes: It is my fervent hope that the efforts being made to demean and perhaps destroy Bollywood fail, but there is no point in denying that the men who want to see it destroyed are today extremely powerful.

Nature of Indian democracy has been deliberately changed from liberal to illiberal
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

The most disturbing development of the past six years has been that the nature of Indian democracy has been deliberately changed from liberal to illiberal.

Hathras case is a mirror in which we see the flaws of Indian democracy, and the sight is frightening
Sun, Oct 04, 2020

What happened in Hathras has come as a grotesque reminder of how important it is for this to change.

‘Reporters’ were so drunk with their power to smear Bollywood’s biggest stars that they failed to fulfil their primary role
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

It is hard to believe that private conversations on private cellphones would persuade a judge to send Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan or Rakul Preet Singh to jail, but what has been achieved is their public humiliation.

Pandemic has brought a temporary lull in hate campaign launched against Indian Muslims
Sun, Sep 20, 2020

It is a campaign that will serve mostly to help our homegrown jihadists convince more and more ordinary Muslims to lend support to their evil cause.

Rhea and her family have been sacrificed at the altar of lynch mob journalism
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Famous TV journalists who have been responsible for the despicable media lynching we have witnessed do not dare admit that they have become pawns in a political game.