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Washington, DC
Columnist — Wall Street Journal
Covers:  foreign policy, india, sri lanka, pakistan, bangladesh, south asia

AEI Fellow, WSJ Columnist, FP Twitterati 100. (I share news and opinion from South Asia and the world.)

The Secret to Kalam’s Popularity

wsj.com — He was an authentic national hero, the salve his nation needed. How best to gauge India's regard for A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former president who died of cardiac arrest on Monday at the age of 83? The government's generous gesture-seven days of national mourning-only hints at its depth.
Jul 28, 2015

Most Indian presidents are elevated by office. APJ Abdul Kalam elevated the office instead. [My take] wsj.com/articles/the-s…

Jul 29, 2015

For an India in flux, APJ Abdul Kalam fulfilled the vital role of an authentic national hero. [Reup] wsj.com/articles/the-s…

Jul 30, 2015

@dhume's fine Abdul Kalam piece marred by calling Capt Lakshmi 'a hapless rival, a former Marxist freedom fighter' wsj.com/articles/the-s…

Jul 30, 2015

RT @d_jaishankar: ,@dhume: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, "rather than being elevated by his office, ended up elevating it instead." goo.gl/M6i3HE

How to tackle radical Islam: India can learn from the frankness of political discourse in the West

blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com — On Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a remarkable speech in Birmingham outlining a stepped up government campaign against Islamist extremism. India could learn a thing or two from him on how to address a sensitive subject without either flinching from the truth or carelessly tarring an entire community.
Jul 23, 2015

To ignore the global rise of Islamist extremism, you have to be either blind or a member of the CPM politburo. [Reup] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Jul 23, 2015

RT @dhume: To ignore the global rise of Islamist extremism, you have to be either blind or a member of the CPM politburo. [Reup] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

How Technology Tightens India’s Subsidy Regime

wsj.com — A new program to streamline cooking-gas subsidies has saved the Indian government $2 billion this year. Next up: food, fuel and fertilizer subsidies. Can technology help slash India's massive subsidy bills? A new program to streamline cooking-gas subsidies that has saved the government $2 billion this year may show the way.
Jul 22, 2015

India plans to use technology to slash subsidy spending. A successful cooking gas program may show the way. [My take] wsj.com/articles/how-t…

Jul 22, 2015

RT @dhume: India plans to use technology to slash subsidy spending. A successful cooking gas program may show the way. [My take] wsj.com/articles/how-t…

Jul 23, 2015

A program that shaved $2b from India's LPG subsidies offers a template for cutting waste and corruption. [Reup] wsj.com/articles/how-t…

The Politicsl of Gay Rights in India

wsj.com — Legalizing homosexuality may not be as much of a political stretch as it appears. When it comes to lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered people, last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage highlights the gulf between India and much of the democratic world.
Jul 02, 2015

When it comes to gay rights, India is more like Yemen and Pakistan than like South Korea or Japan. [My take] wsj.com/articles/the-p…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @d_jaishankar: .@dhume: Opposition to homosexuality in India may appear relatively broad, but it doesn’t run particularly deep. goo.gl/QLjKto

Jul 02, 2015

Legalizing homosexuality in India may not be as much of a political stretch as it appears, writes @dhume wsj.com/articles/the-p…

Jul 02, 2015

"Legalizing homosexuality in India may not be as much of a political stretch as it appears to be" latika.me/1GS3NCz via @WSJ

Jul 02, 2015

Modi says the govt has no business being in business.It has even less business being in the bedroom on.wsj.com/1IRQD8W @dhume on #Sec377

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The case against caution: Why creative incrementalism hurts BJP’s re-election prospects

blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com — For the most part, grumbles about the slow pace of economic reforms in India tend to be couched in exasperated appeals to the greater good. Why can't these politicians see how a bold reform agenda will generate wealth and hasten the end of poverty in the country? The answer, of course, is simple.
Jun 26, 2015

The case against caution: Why creative incrementalism hurts BJP’s re-election prospects. [My take in @timesofindia.] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Jun 26, 2015

RT @dhume: The case against caution: Why creative incrementalism hurts BJP’s re-election prospects. [My take in @timesofindia.] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Jun 26, 2015

TOI Edit Page : The case against caution: Why creative incrementalism hurts BJP’s re-election prospects: blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Jun 26, 2015

You can be pretty sure that nobody voted for Modi hoping for UPA-III with more punctual bureaucrats. [Reup] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Jun 26, 2015

RT @dhume: You can be pretty sure that nobody voted for Modi hoping for UPA-III with more punctual bureaucrats. [Reup] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

South Asia Bets on Prosperity

wsj.com — As India steps up its economic diplomacy in the neighborhood, Pakistan risks falling further behind. Is South Asia beginning to look more like Southeast Asia? If this means an evolution toward a region marked more by shared economic promise than by unending political conflict, then the answer is a qualified yes.
Jun 18, 2015

Much of South Asia has embraced the economic pragmatism of Southeast Asia. Pakistan needs to follow. [My take] wsj.com/articles/south…

Jun 19, 2015

South Asia bets on prosperity. Pakistan risks being frozen out: WSJ on.wsj.com/1GvsS8a via @WSJ #pakistan

Jun 19, 2015

Pakistan’s trade-to-GDP ratio remained unchanged at 33% between 2003 and 2013: WSJ wsj.com/articles/south…

Rethinking the Asian Century

washingtonexaminer.com — Since the end of the Cold War, there has been strong bipartisan dedication to the idea that America's future will be written in the Asia-Pacific. The Obama administration has argued the case most forcefully. Hillary Clinton, when she was secretary of state, wrote: The Asia-Pacific has become a key driver of global politics.

How Modi Can Shine Again

wsj.com — The prime minister needs to ignite the imagination of investors and show he's serious about reform. A year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic election victory, enthusiasm about India's economy among international observers is fading. Last week, the Journal declared that for Mr. Modi the "euphoria phase" is over.
Jun 03, 2015

Amidst criticism of the slow pace of economic reforms, my take on how Modi can shine again. wsj.com/articles/how-m… pic.twitter.com/xcjZWoq8yd

Jun 03, 2015

RT @dhume: Amidst criticism of the slow pace of economic reforms, my take on how Modi can shine again. wsj.com/articles/how-m… pic.twitter.com/xcjZWoq8yd

Jun 03, 2015

Narendra Modi can't afford to lose his reformist sheen this early in a five-year term. [Reup] wsj.com/articles/how-m…

Jun 03, 2015

RT @dhume: Narendra Modi can't afford to lose his reformist sheen this early in a five-year term. [Reup] wsj.com/articles/how-m…

PM Narendra Modi needs to deliver on economic promise to retain global approval

blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com — Over the past 12 months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has achieved one of the most dramatic image makeovers on the global stage. Once viewed largely through the prism of the 2002 Gujarat riots, Modi now commands attention as the charismatic leader of a nation on the upswing.

Incrementalism isn’t enough: Economic policy needs to improve else foreign policy grades too will drop

blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com — Today marks a year since Narendra Modi was sworn in as India's 15th prime minister. By now a small rain forest has been pulped in analysing the government's first year in office. The overwhelming consensus: Modi deserves an A for foreign policy, but at best a B+ for economic policy.
May 25, 2015

India may still see a Modi-led economic miracle. But he needs to show less caution and more resolve. [My take in TOI] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

May 25, 2015

RT @soutikBBC: People didn't give #NarendraModi India's biggest mandate in 30 years to settle for mere incrementalism writes @dhume bit.ly/1FcnQL3.

May 26, 2015

Modi on a fulcrum: Incrementalism must give way to bolder reforms or world will turn away. Sell the banks! blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

May 26, 2015

Indians didn’t give the BJP the country’s biggest mandate in 30 years to settle for mere incrementalism. [Reup] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

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Aug 03, 2015

@rahulkanwal Government did it for the right reasons, but in hindsight it was the wrong battle to pick. Lack of experience showing.

Aug 03, 2015

.@RamaNewDelhi asks an eternal question of Indian politics: Can Rahul Gandhi get it together? washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pac…

Aug 03, 2015

Peace accord with Naga separatist group NSCN brings to an end India's oldest running insurgency. #Nagaland bbc.com/news/world-asi…

Aug 03, 2015

Modi government is abandoning effort to ease land acquisition requirements. [Tough 2013 law will largely survive.] indianexpress.com/article/india/…

Aug 03, 2015

@shashidigital Will you write something more detailed as well? Curious about how most folks there saw the pace of NDA2 reforms thus far.

Aug 03, 2015

@MalikAshok But still no Indian newspaper willing to charge for online access. Presumably they figure that reader resistance is too high?

Aug 03, 2015

Sooner or later Indian newspapers will feel the same pinch as NYT. The only question is when. wsj.com/articles/for-n… pic.twitter.com/vcHvR5NDe8

Aug 03, 2015

.@humayusuf: Despite the killing of LeJ's Malik Ishaq, "all signs point to the resilience of sectarianism." #Pakistan dawn.com/news/1198059/d…

Aug 03, 2015

.@NKSingh_MP: For Bihar's aspirational youth bulge "development transcends identity." [Median age of 20.] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Aug 02, 2015

@rajeev_mp As I read it @SarithaRai is highlighting a widely held perception not necessarily reality. I certainly don't find politics "bad."



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