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Tavleen Singh

Articles By Tavleen Singh

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Fifth Column: Servile sycophancy & enforced obeisance rarely help political leaders enhance their stature, writes Tavleen Singh

Modi’s devotees like to blame Covid’s calamitous second wave for all that has gone wrong, but the decline in India’s image began well before then.

If there was any doubt that the agenda of Modi’s second term was going to make life difficult for Muslims, it came when Covid was at first blamed on that congregation of Tablighi maulanas who gathered in Delhi for an event that had the written permission of the Home Ministry. (File image)

Fifth Column: Indian Islam is special, writes Tavleen Singh

It is not easy to be a Muslim in the 'new' India. In Modi's first term, cattle farmers and meat traders were targeted and killed on suspicion of eating beef and illegally trafficking cows.

It was a time when we would go to mushairas and concerts every other day, a time when we went to the dargah of Nizamuddin Aulia on Thursday evenings to listen to qawwalis and a time when we would wake early some mornings to breakfast on 'nihaari' in Karim's restaurant that sits in the shadow of the Jama Masjid.

Fifth Column: We cannot and should not do business with the Taliban, writes Tavleen Singh

At the surreal press conference that Taliban spokesmen addressed in Kabul last week, we were told that women would not be treated with brutality this time.

They would be allowed to study and work, the spokesmen said, they would be given all the rights accorded to them by the Shariat.

Rape, caste and politics: Foolish attempts to change the narrative can never work, writes Tavleen Singh

Last week it was only when Dalit activists took to the streets in protest that arrests were made in the case of the nine-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped and murdered by a priest and his three cohorts.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) says it recorded 32,033 cases of rape in 2019, which means that 87 Indian women were raped every day. Of these, 15% were children.

Fifth Column: Raiding newspapers never works, writes Tavleen Singh

The Prime Minister has personally taken leadership of his government's campaign to prove that everything said about its mismanagement of Covid and its strong-arm tactics to silence the media is a lie.

Press freedom, free press

Mansukh Mandaviya — Narendra Modi’s most important minister, writes Tavleen Singh

This is the reason why Modi’s new Health Minister is the most important man in his Cabinet. I had never heard of Mansukh Mandaviya and so did some research and discovered that he comes from Gujarat and used to be a BJP stud

They will not happen now either unless the Prime Minister ensures that his new Health Minister has his full support to do what needs to be done to rebuild rural health facilities.

Fifth Column: We need an opposition party, writes Tavleen Singh

Last week came the first signs that the Dynasty has understood this. Rahul Gandhi popped up to declare that a third Covid wave was ‘definitely coming’, and said the Congress party had produced a ‘white paper’ that con

Sonia Gandhi reportedly summoned senior officials of the party she has led for decades and told them it was ‘absolutely essential that our party play an active role’. (File image)

No political shenanigan will help BJP win UP elections if a third Covid wave rages in state, writes Tavleen Singh

Why nobody in this task force has been sacked yet is a question that this column has asked before and will continue to ask till heads roll.

When I listened to the Prime Minister’s speech last week, I saw him make a similar attempt to use denial to distract from reality.

Denial becomes pointless when dead bodies start to wash up on the banks of the Ganga, writes Tavleen Singh

Denial is the main reason why the Prime Minister has not yet set up a new crisis management group.

We need the truth. What we are getting are lies, writes Tavleen Singh

If Narendra Modi wants to redeem more than his image, he must sack the men who have brought us here.

More worrying than Yogi’s lies was the pitiful attempt by the Minister of External Affairs to get our embassies to ‘counter one-sided narrative in (the) western media.

Fifth Column by Tavleen Singh: India cannot breathe

Putting our best scientists on the job should be a priority. For the moment India feels like a ship that is totally adrift.

As a first step the Prime Minister needs to sack the officials in his government whose criminal negligence has put India in intensive care without oxygen.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Is there a vaccination strategy?

If the men who make up the Government of India’s vaccination task force have the smallest sense of honour, they should accept blame and resign.

Had he not been prime minister, they said, we would not have been able to stop Covid-19 from killing millions of Indians.

Fifth Column by Tavleen Singh: Is peace with Pakistan possible?

For a brief moment last week, it seemed as if hostilities between us and the Islamist Republic next door were beginning to wane. Pakistan showed interest in importing Indian sugar and cotton and this would have meant the revi

Politicians are not gods; Modi must rid himself of those who compare him to gods

They did this at a time when nearly half of India was ruled by princes who liked their subjects to believe that they should be treated as rulers with divine rights.

Fifth Column: Why countries succeed

The world has changed. But it seems that it is not just Modi but all our politicians and political parties that have remained stuck in that old time warp.

Every sighting reminds me why Modi continues to have high approval ratings despite his failure to create the jobs he promised and despite middle-class families being currently crushed under the weight of the price of petrol and diesel.

If PM Modi proceeds with economic changes he once promised, this column will lend full support: Tavleen Singh

It is now time for him 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.

Cairn gave us our biggest on-land oil discovery but left India when it was retroactively taxed Rs 10,247 crore.

Fifth Column: An insane conspiracy theory

The charges and the conspiracy are both absurd and hilarious, but they are being taken seriously in the most exalted corridors of the Government of India.

The problem with the farmers’ agitation is that this labelling did not work.

Fifth Column: Listen to the people, writes Tavleen Singh

The unofficial parade may be stopped from entering Delhi, but the farmers have made their point.

The truth is that arrogance has been the defining characteristic of Modi's second term as Prime Minister.

The new Indian – It is useless getting into any sort of discussion with them

In the 'new India' that the Prime Minister boasts of having created, this tweet was seen as anti-national and it caused the BJP troll army to order me to 'leave India'.

Personally, I found myself really impressed with how America's judges, election officials and its media have stood up against Donald Trump's bullying and his lies.

Confronting reality: With tractors at Delhi borders, Narendra Modi is beginning to look weak

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

Farmers point out that when Modi became Prime Minister, he promised to double their income by 2022.

Surrealism as reality

The reality also is that millions of very poor people in rural India are being driven back under the poverty line because of the economic damage the pandemic has caused.

"After several years of downgrades to India's medium-term growth outlook, we believe upgrades are now likely.

Fifth Column: We must never forget this grim anniversary

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.

Fifth column: May Diwali bring hope this vile year

When the Prime Minister described their son Tejashwi Yadav as the Yuvraj of Jungle Raj, it brought back for me memories of those years.

Fifth column: A reality check in Kashmir

Instead of demanding the restoration of Article 370 they should demand that statehood be restored immediately.

Kashmiri politicians have come together in a Gupkar Declaration grouping so they can demand the restoration of Kashmir's special status.

Fifth column: Bollywood stands for real secular values that need to be cherished, writes Tavleen Singh

If I write today in defence of Bollywood, it is not just because I think it stands for those real secular values that need to be cherished more today than ever before.

One is the kind that LK Advani once called 'pseudo secularism' and which became the Congress Party's main method of keeping its Muslim vote bank intact.

Fifth column by Tavleen Singh: Hathras is a mirror

The British set up a system that was founded on the colonial idea that the duty of administrators and law enforcement officials was to protect the government.

But, Yogi Adityanath seems to have his own interpretation of the law, so after the Hathras victim died his officials and his police force went to extraordinary lengths to prove that she was not raped. (File image)

Fifth column: No country for Muslims

The plot was hatched in Jamia Millia, says the chargesheet, and Shaheen Bagh was not a protest by Muslim women fearful of losing their citizenship, just part of this jihadist plot.

The women who sat in protest through long winter nights and cold winter days said they were worried about losing their citizenship.
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