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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.)

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.

Modi After Delhi — Will a crushing defeat in a high-profile state election derail Narendra Modi's economic reform agenda even before it has gathered steam? That's the question India faces after the populist Aam Aadmi Party swept to power in Delhi this month with one of the largest majorities ever seen in an Indian state election.

India’s bad example on free speech — U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry weren't the only notable absentees at Sunday's unity rally in Paris. India too failed to send a high-level representative to honor the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shootings. In a decidedly tepid show of support to a grieving fellow democracy, New Delhi sent its ambassador.

Why Delhi Matters — On the face of it, the Delhi election on Saturday ought to evoke a yawn rather than a rush of adrenaline. After all, the state accounts for less than 2% of India's population, and its government does not even control its own police force.

Beware the Tax Man — For many Indians, their country's most exciting politician is neither the firebrand Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi nor the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi, but Arvind Kejriwal, a mustachioed, bespectacled former tax inspector whom most people had barely heard of just three years ago.

Times Of India | Blogs — Barely a year ago, most foreign policy pundits would likely have agreed on one simple prediction: the election of Narendra Modi as Indian prime minister would set back relations with the United States, and by extension with the West more broadly. Instead, the opposite has happened.
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Apr 18, 2015

In posthumously published book, slain Charlie Hebdo editor criticizes "a misplaced fight against Islamophobia."…

Apr 18, 2015

.@kanisahmed: The #Bangladesh government needs to seek justice for two bloggers murdered by Islamists.…

Apr 18, 2015

.@outlookindia ran "an entire cover story based on purely anonymous sources." [New low for leading Indian magazine.]…

Apr 18, 2015

@virsanghvi Look at the dark side: idiotic urge to control so deeply embedded in babu culture that it doesn't matter who the people elect.

Apr 18, 2015

@priyankac19 Ha! Can't decide whether I should blame my "nephew" or "a friend who borrowed my phone." :)

Apr 18, 2015

Is there a columnist who hasn't yet written about Rahul Gandhi's uselessness? (I don't mean you, Mani Shankar Aiyar.)…

Apr 18, 2015

.@ram_guha finds it "truly puzzling, and even somewhat sad" that more Indian liberals don't seek a common civil code.…

Apr 17, 2015

@dandrezner It's out of sympathy for poor Martha. Not sure she can take much more. :)

Apr 17, 2015

@MEAIndia Before you leave, could you please gently remind people one last time to address passport inquiries to @CPVIndia. :)

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