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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.)

Seceding From India's Democracy — If you're looking for a common purpose to bind India's communists, Hindu nationalists and a gaggle of regional and caste-based outfits try this: a program of tire burning, stone pelting and bus torching. On Monday, opposition parties took to the streets nationwide to protest a government decision last month to raise fuel prices.

Malala and the Malaise in Pakistan — When the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded this year's Peace Prize jointly to an Indian and a Pakistani, the symbolism was impossible to miss. The Committee praised 60-year-old Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi for fighting "the grave exploitation of children for commercial gain."

PM Narendra Modi is on right side of a philosophical divide on how to view Indian diaspora — By Sadanand Dhume Earlier this week, I found myself among some 20,000 Indian-Americans cheering themselves hoarse in Madison Square Garden in what must surely rank among the warmest welcomes ever accorded to aforeign leader on American soil. What makes Narendra Modi so popular among the 3 million strong Indian-American community?

3 takeaways from Modi’s visit to America — Yesterday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up a five-day visit to New York and Washington, DC. His packed schedule included an address to the United Nations General Assembly, a speech to 19,000 adoring Indian-Americans in Madison Square Garden, an appearance alongside Hugh Jackman at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, dinner with President Obama and senior administration officials, a visit to Washington's Martin Luther King Jr.

Will Modi’s visit to the White House revive US-India ties? — On Monday evening, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with President Barack Obama for the first time. In this AEI Google Hangout, three leading experts in the US and India-Richard Fontaine, Nitin Pai and Adam Roberts-discuss the significance of Modi's visit to both countries.

Holding Modi to His Promise — When Prime Minister Narendra Modi dines with President Barack Obama at the White House Monday, it will be easy to view the meeting mostly in terms of its geopolitical significance. Can the two leaders put a U.S.-India relationship, recently marked by drift and disagreement, back on track to becoming what Mr. Obama once called "one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century"?

Modi’s brief honeymoon with investors — In my latest Wall Street Journal column, I argue that when it comes to global investor sentiment new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will enjoy a much briefer honeymoon than his predecessor, Manmohan Singh. For many companies, this isn't year one of an exciting new government, but year 11 of waiting for India.

Why we’re right to call it the Islamic State — Would a terrorist group by any other name smell as bad? This, in a manner of speaking, is the question Adam Taylor asks over at the Washington Post. France has taken to using the Arabic acronym Daesh to describe the Islamic State, which is also known by its former names, ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), and ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

A Brief Honeymoon in Delhi — For Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the World Economic Forum's latest report on global competitiveness, released earlier this month, won't make comforting reading. India dropped 11 places this year to 71st in the world. That puts it more than 40 spots below China, and last among the so-called BRICS economies-Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Is Xi Jinping trying to bully Narendra Modi? — On the face of it, President Xi Jinping is in the midst of a charm offensive in India. Writing in The Hindu, India's most reliably pro-China newspaper, Xi reminisces about his first visit to "this ancient and magic land," 17 years ago, and lays out a vision of shared prosperity between "the world's factory" and "the world's back office."
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Oct 25, 2014

.@DouthatNYT: Communion for the remarried "would put the [Catholic] church on the brink of a precipice."…

Oct 25, 2014

In NYC for @HuckabeeShow segment on #ISIS appeal in the West. Tune in tonight at 2000 ET if you're in the US. @AEInews

Oct 25, 2014

@RMantri Why rely on a (typically sexed-up) TOI story when you can read the actual testimony?… @arvindsubraman

Oct 25, 2014

A 19-year-old British jihadist killed in Syria belonged to group called "Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys.” #ISIS…

Oct 25, 2014

In much-anticipated $525m deal, India picks Israel’s Spike anti-tank guided missile over US Javelin.…

Oct 25, 2014

@MilanV Thanks. I didn't know that. If anything, the podcast makers gave the opposite impression. @ARobertsjourno @arvindsubraman

Oct 25, 2014

RT @ARobertsjourno: @arvindsubraman India needs 7%-8% GDP growth for next 20 years (podcast), fix power, infrastructure, more

Oct 24, 2014

The Owaisi brothers urge supporters "to build 1,000 mosques and name each of them after the Babri Masjid." v @BDUTT…

Oct 24, 2014

Sunanda Datta-Ray remembers a time when "Grindlays Bank ran to china tea services and trays with traycloths." #India…

Oct 24, 2014

@BDUTT Not just fair to credit you for the interview, but minimum professional decency. @PTI_News @the_hindu

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