Tavleen Singh

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Tavleen Singh
Tavleen Singh - India Economic Summit 2011.jpg
Born1950 (age 69–70)
Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India
OccupationAuthor and Columnist
PartnerSalman Taseer - 1980[1]
Ajit Gulabchand[2]
ChildrenAatish Taseer

Tavleen Singh (born 1950) is an Indian columnist, political reporter and writer.


Singh was born in Mussoorie in 1950 in a Sikh family.[3] She studied at the Welham Girls School. She did a short-term Journalism course from the New Delhi Polytechnic in 1969. She graduated from St. Bede's College, Shimla.

She completed her education in India and started her career with a reporting job at the Evening Mail, Slough (England), where she worked and trained for two and a half years under the Westminster Press/Thompson training scheme.

Singh returned to India in 1974 to work with The Statesman as a reporter. She joined The Telegraph as a Special Correspondent in 1982. In 1985 and also in 1987 she became the South Asia correspondent of the Sunday Times, London.

Subsequently, she became a freelancer and started writing for India Today and The Indian Express.

In 1990 she began her stint with television by heading Plus Channel's Delhi bureau. Singh presented two video magazines called People Plus and Business Plus. She has done Ek Din Ek Jeevan, a Hindi weekly programme for STAR Plus.[when?], she is with The Indian Express and The Hitavada. She writes a weekly column for them, on Sundays.[4] In 1988, she was honoured with the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediaperson.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Singh has a son, writer Aatish Taseer, with former Pakistani politician Salman Taseer.[1][6][7]


  • Kashmir: A Tragedy of Errors. Viking, 1995. ISBN 0-14-025078-6.
  • Lollipop Street: Why India Will Survive Her Politicians. Viking, 1999. ISBN 0-670-88838-9.
  • Fifth Column. Viking, ISBN 0-670-08135-3.
  • Political and Incorrect: The real India, warts and all . Harpercollins. 2008. ISBN 81-7223-712-X.[8]
  • Durbar. Hachette, 2012. ISBN 978-93-5009-444-0.
  • India's Broken Tryst. Harpercollins, 2016. ISBN 978-9351777571
  • Messiah Modi: A Tale of Great Expectations, 2020

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "A son in search of his father". Mid Day. 6 January 2011.
  2. ^ Interview Tavleen Singh on Newslaundry - I Agree with Tavleen Singh on YouTube.
  3. ^ "A Son's Journey: Aatish Taseer". The Economic Times. 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  4. ^ Tavleen Singh Indian Express.
  5. ^ Mass Media in India. Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. 1990. p. 24.
  6. ^ "UK author calls India citizenship loss 'sinister'". 8 November 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Taseer stripped of OCI card". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  8. ^ Tavleen Singh’s latest book compiles contemporary history Financial Express, 22 July 2008.
  9. ^ "Sonia: The Material Girl". OPEN. 21 November 2013.