Tavleen Singh

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

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Fifth column: Myths and science

The Prime Minister himself said, at the opening of a medical facility, that plastic surgery must have been known in ancient India for Shiva to have given his son Ganesha the head of an elephant.

Fifth column: The wrong constitutional amendment

Young Indians do not need more reservations. They need more colleges and universities.

Fifth column: Paper aeroplanes

The Congress president then went on to hold a press conference to declare that the Prime Minister had run away from the debate. I am ready to debate him, he announced grandly, but he is too scared to face the House.

Stories beyond MeToo

Indian women journalists raucously telling their own stories in the MeToo movement have rarely spoken for truly voiceless women. Instead, they have chosen to tell the stories of women powerful enough to bring down a minister.

Fifth Column: A year of bad choices

Had Modi remained true to his promise of taking India in an economic direction that veered towards free markets and reduced regulations, we would have seen that kind of dramatic change by now.

Fifth Column: Anti-national nationalism

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has made it clear that cows are more important so their possible slaughter took priority. Does this make him a nationalist or anti-national?

Messiah Modi?

The manner in which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the arrival of his new tax is another sign of messianic behaviour. Nobody celebrates taxes.

Fifth Column: Yogi needs to get the message

The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh was busy campaigning outside his state when the inspector was shot to death and his police car burned by a mob. When the news of this senseless, brutal murder reached him, his first concern was about cows.

Fifth Column: Petty politics, big issues

Religious divisions and caste always play a part in Indian elections but this time they seem to have been deliberately inflated in the hope that voters forget their real problems.

Fifth column: A decade since 26/11

The 26/11 attack needs to be remembered more often by our political leaders because it is the one single event that completely changed India’s relationship with the Islamic Republic next door.

Fifth column: Anti-Indian music?

In the past four years, these fanatics have been more active than usual because they believe they have a Hindutva government in office.

Fifth Column: Hindutva will not work

Plans have been announced to build a mighty statue of Ram on the edge of the Saryu river. And, pressure is building from the RSS and Hindu religious sects to begin construction on that temple in Ayodhya before next year’s general election.

Real secularism please

In a peculiar way, secularism is safer in the hands of the ‘communal’ BJP.

Fifth Column: How very embarrassing indeed

If the Prime Minister believes that by remaining silent and letting sundry ministers speak on his behalf he remains untouched by the dirt and ruthless grind of politics, he is wrong.

Can MeToo get beyond me

There is much that can be done by MeToo pioneers to improve conditions in the workplace for these most voiceless and vulnerable of India’s working women.

Fifth column: Why I am not MeToo

As someone who has been reviled as ‘anti-women’, may I say that in my reporting days I made it a point to seek out women who had been abused.

Fifth column: Rahul Gandhi helps Narendra Modi again

If I had any doubts that Rahul Gandhi’s advisors spend their time lounging about in the salons of Lutyens Delhi, they disappeared when I heard him speak at last week’s Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Rajasthani reality

Bad policies for decades give urban Indians hefty subsidies on water supplied to their homes while rural Indians buy it at exorbitant rates from tankers, or drink water the colour of mud from village ponds.

Can the RSS change?

The ugly truth is that the colonisation of India has continued with greater success after the British left, mostly because they left behind a colonised Indian elite. So there is much that the RSS can do if it wants to bring about real change.

Fifth column: In defence of Mallya

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.

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