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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 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.

It’s Springtime for U.S.-India Relations — On Monday President Barack Obama becomes the first American president to preside as the chief guest at India's Republic Day parade, an annual spectacle that celebrates the country's democracy by showcasing its cultural diversity and military might. Before Mr. Obama leaves New Delhi Tuesday, the U.S.

Violent Jain extremism — Each of us probably had our favorite part in President Obama's State of the Union address the other night. Personally, I'm delighted to learn that Obama is hard at work battling the "bankrupt ideology of violent extremism." You might be wondering what exactly the president means by this formulation.
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Mar 31, 2015

@PrakashKashwan In that case, it may be time to get your ears cleaned. I quote him verbatim. :) @rahulkanwal @AapYogendra @BDUTT @pramit_b

Mar 31, 2015

@KS1729 Ha! Maybe Ashutosh needs to start worrying about what the future holds.

Mar 31, 2015

.@AapYogendra to @bdutt: "What we are witnessing looks nothing different from a Stalinist purge." [Video, 24m]… #AAP

Mar 31, 2015

For those who asked: a non-paywalled version of my column on India's overwrought reaction to foreign criticism.…

Mar 31, 2015

"My body. My mind. My choice.": The @deepikapadukone video people in India are raving (or ranting) about. [3m]…

Mar 31, 2015

@sunandavashisht No. GG and others like him hate "ersatz 'nationalist' dictatorship" more than they like YY/PB. AK has calculated correctly.

Mar 31, 2015

Gopal Gandhi: AAP internal democracy vital but this is wrong time for right things. [Throws Yadav/Bhushan under bus.]…

Mar 31, 2015

.@EllenBarryNYT: The deaths of Mr. Roy and Mr. Rhaman have sent a chilling message to #Bangladesh's secular bloggers.…

Mar 31, 2015

@KanchanGupta Can't be that happy if they've heard of Kejriwal. :)

Mar 31, 2015

Like UK Liberals India's Congress Party risks going from "a dominant pole of the polity into an irrelevant also-ran."…

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