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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.)

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

Rahul Gandhi’s Time Machine — The Congress Party scion has returned with a familiar political message. Whether Indian voters will buy it is another question. Rahul Gandhi is back. Or so says the conventional wisdom among commentators who see signs of life in a politician they had recently declared all but dead.

Tax Terrorism Returns to India — Could a clutch of finance-ministry bureaucrats derail Prime Minister Narendra Modi's grand plan to remake India's economy? Recent damage to the government's reputation-among both investors and ordinary citizens-suggests tax officials are on a collision course with the politicians they ostensibly serve.

India needs to find a sane way to discuss relative decline in Hindu population — Is India's overwhelming Hindu majority shrinking? A recent survey by the Pew Research Center echoes news reports based on leaked figures from the 2011 census. For the first time since independence in 1947, fewer than four in five Indians self-identifies as a Hindu.

Bangladesh’s Good Fight Against Islamism — Bangladesh this month executed Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, a senior leader of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, for war crimes committed during the country's independence struggle more than four decades ago. Prosecutors accused Kamaruzzaman of involvement in widespread rape, torture and murder as he and his cohorts fought a losing battle to ensure that Bangladesh remained part of Pakistan.

India’s Ayatollah Myopia — As Sunni jihadists and Shia militias square off across much of the Middle East, should nearby India be rooting for one side to prevail? On the face of it, the answer seems obvious. Sunni radicalism-both imported and homegrown-threatens India directly, whereas radical Islam's Shia variant is virtually unknown to most Indians.

National Review — With China slowing, Brazil stagnating, and Russia tanking, India has once again emerged as a bright economic spot in the developing world. A business-friendly new Indian government, a windfall from lower global oil prices, and robust new growth figures have all contributed to a sense of optimism about Asia's third-largest economy.

India Should Be Bigger Than It Appears — Is there a grand Western conspiracy to tar India's image and diminish its global standing? Government officials and some pundits seem to think so, going by how they responded in recent months to the environmental group Greenpeace and to a BBC documentary about rape in India.

The Trouble with Dr. Zakir Naik — If you're looking for a snapshot of India's hapless response to radical Islam, then look no further than Bombay-based cleric Dr. Zakir Naik. In India, the 44-year-old Dr. Naik-a medical doctor by training and a televangelist by vocation-is a widely respected figure, feted by newspapers and gushed over by television anchors.

India’s Missed Opportunity — Will Narendra Modi sweep away the cobwebs of socialism that have long held back India and replace them with a market-oriented approach to the economy? Going by his government's first full budget, presented to Parliament Saturday by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, one thing is certain: Those who hoped for a sharp and unapologetic departure from the past were too optimistic.
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May 29, 2015

@RushdieExplains Ha! Well played. (Though I may quibble about "recent.")

May 29, 2015

MK Narayanan: Modi "needs to demonstrate that India can become a counterpoise to an aggressive China."…

May 28, 2015

@TheJaggi To me the word "conversion" is neutral. Can apply equally to, say, Muslims embracing Buddhism. So no "side" implied in my tweet.

May 28, 2015

@TheJaggi The perils of 140 characters! Looks like we're on the same page on this.

May 28, 2015

@TheJaggi Did you read the piece? It argues that all conversions should be permitted, whether to Hinduism, Islam, Christianity or whatever.

May 28, 2015

Banning conversion concedes the right of nosy parkers "to intrude into the most private spaces of other individuals."…

May 28, 2015

@Trader_Yuvi Please go to Amazon and buy yourself a sense of h-u-m-o-r.

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