Surekha A. Yadav

Surekha A. Yadav

Born and bred in Singapore, Surekha A. Yadav is a freelance journalist in Southeast Asia.

Recent Opinions

  • 3 days ago

    The monuments of Singapore

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    Behold, Singapore’s new Jewel

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    Singapore, a sequel

  • 3 weeks ago

    Cambodia’s environment, Singapore’s problem

More from Surekha A. Yadav

  • 1 month ago

    Is anywhere out there safe from hatred?

    MARCH 24 — Just over a week ago, New Zealand suffered its worst terrorist attack. Dozens of people were gunned down while praying in two mosques in Christchurch.  The...

  • 1 month ago

    Singapore, Malaysia crawling towards a better relationship

    MARCH 17 — Singapore and Malaysia agreed on something. These days, that counts as news.  Last week, it was announced that the two governments would suspend (but not...

  • 1 month ago

    Malaysia and Singapore heading for a water divorce?

    MARCH 10 — Water. A fundamental requirement for all life as we know it. The human body, as any child knows, is over 60 per cent water. The average adult should drink two litres...

  • 1 month ago

    Ageing population, rising retirement age?

    MARCH 3 — Retirement, a time when you don’t have go to work every day. When your inbox becomes a pleasant place from which to send letters to distant friends and not a source...

  • 2 months ago

    Singapore on a Budget

    FEBRUARY 24 — Earlier this week, on February 19 — the Singapore government delivered its annual Budget.  The various figures with regards to government spending —...

  • 2 months ago

    Who likes short shorts?

    FEBRUARY 17 ― Singapore is hot. Sweltering. Scorching. On any given afternoon, you are guaranteed to be sweating. Which is why our general dress-code is sensibly casual. Shorts...

  • 2 months ago

    Is Singapore what London ought to be?

    FEBRUARY 10 — “Our country is going to be like Singapore.” This sort of statement is trotted out by the governments of various countries (typically developing ones) all the...

  • 2 months ago

    When the race card is the only one being played

    FEBRUARY 3 — “Playing the race card” is a common accusation levelled against minorities trying to articulate systematic injustices. It is an expression designed to undermine...

  • 2 months ago

    Calling time on National Service in Singapore?

    JANUARY 27 — Many Singaporeans have been asking this question over the past few days. Following the tragic death of Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang after an accident during...

  • 3 months ago

    Finding Singapore in India

    JANUARY 20 — I am not an Indian. I am a Singaporean. I was born here and so were my parents.  Only on my father’s side can I find grandparents born in India, so yes there...

  • 3 months ago

    Singapore’s hawker heritage is more than just about food

    JANUARY 13 — So Singapore is bidding to have hawker food (in fact more broadly, Singapore’s hawker culture) inscribed on Unesco’s list of intangible cultural heritage. This...

  • 3 months ago

    On being a weekday vegetarian

    JANUARY 6 — Meat. The flesh of an animal consumed for food. There is a massive variety of meat — from countless cuts of lamb and pork to more exotic delicacies like venison...

  • 3 months ago

    Five New Year's resolutions for me... and my country

    DECEMBER 30 ― The last few days of a year always feels both rushed and slow. Most offices in Singapore close for the week between Christmas and New Year's; unanswered emails are...

  • 4 months ago

    Who is responsible for security in public spaces?

    DECEMBER 23 — So a robot was deployed to enhance security at Hougang MRT station. A 1.6 metre-tall, relatively autonomous (there’s still a manned centre overseeing things),...

  • 4 months ago

    Something's wrong with Singapore’s Xmas lights

    DECEMBER 16 — Singapore’s iconic Orchard Road has been getting some flak.  Not only are retail sales declining as good old brick and mortar shops face an onslaught from...