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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 Feud at India’s Central Bank — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Prime Minister Modi's ministers criticize the central-bank governor, but Raghuram Rajan boosts India's credibility with foreign investors. Is Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan on his way out?

Modi’s middle class muddle: Failure to amend flawed RTE Act shows NDA’s disconnect with its most articulate supporters — As the Modi government approaches its second anniversary in office, it's time to ask an increasingly obvious question. Is BJP alienating many of the vocal middle class supporters who helped power it to office? On social media and email lists, as well as in person, once ardent fans now complain bitterly about the government.

Beijing Gives Terrorism in Pakistan a Pass — For a country that claims to abhor Islamist terrorism and seek friendly ties with its neighbors, China's actions at the United Nations are befuddling. Late last month, Beijing blocked an Indian attempt to have Masood Azhar, the founder of U.N.-designated terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, added to a global list of terrorists.

Pakistan’s War Against Christians — Being a Christian in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan can be risky. On Easter Sunday, a suicide bomber targeted picnickers in a popular park in Lahore, killing 74 people, 29 of them children. Only about one-fifth of those killed were Christian, but a representative of Jamaat ul-Ahrar, an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban, left no doubt about the intended target.

Nehru-Gandhis and poverty: Dynastic politics is largely responsible for India lagging East Asia — Has dynastic politics kept India poor? This appears to be an unstated assumption of a speech earlier this month by BJP president Amit Shah to the party faithful, and the stated view of many in his party. As the formulation goes, after being ruled by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty for most of the past seven decades India remains poor.

India Awaits an Advocate of Reforms — A quarter-century ago, India embarked upon an economic-reform program that boosted incomes, slashed poverty rates and improved living standards for the vast majority of its people. Yet for a mix of historical and political reasons, no major political party is willing to trumpet this success and use it to push for deeper reform.

The Thread That Bound the World — Turn on the news today and you can bet that if Aleppo, Baghdad or Isfahan is being discussed the story is about misery or mayhem. But as Peter Frankopan powerfully reminds us in "The Silk Roads: A New History of the World," this wasn't always the case.

Narendra Modi Continues to Slide Away From His Pledge to Reform — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. The prime minister's latest budget isn't so much a blueprint for boosting India's economy as it is a road map for re-election.

PM, pick up Vajpayee’s baton — As finance minister Arun Jaitley prepares to present his third budget on Monday, the pink papers are predictably awash with advice. We've seen pundits hold forth on everything from middle class tax cuts, to gas pricing, to the proper way to account for telecom spectrum revenues.

Mr. Modi, You’re Not in Gujarat Anymore — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. India's prime minister was an effective state administrator, but those methods aren't working in federal government. Visitors to the "Make in India" investment summit in Mumbai earlier this month were struck with déjà vu.
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Apr 29, 2016

If you mourn #Bangladesh atheists and secularists hacked to death, here's some of their work. v @ishaantharoor…

Apr 28, 2016

Raghuram Rajan is not a cheerleader for the government. That's why Modi should give him a second term. [Reup]…

Apr 28, 2016

Nearly 4 out of 5 Pakistanis want their laws to strictly follow the Koran. [Highest in the world.] v @pewresearch

Apr 28, 2016

.@RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan is no cheerleader for the government. That's why Narendra Modi needs him. [My take]…

Apr 28, 2016

In June @narendramodi will become the 5th Indian PM to address a joint meeting of Congress.…

Apr 28, 2016

@kartekay The same person need not make both arguments. What matters is that both arguments are made. Swami Aiyar wrote about this case too.

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