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Columnist — Wall Street Journal
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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 20, 2014

In UP and Bihar, "casteism and Muslim vote bank politics" are called "social justice and secularism." #India…

Oct 20, 2014

"As the BJP spreads its influence across more state assemblies, its political capital is growing."… v @ARobertsjourno

Oct 20, 2014

@prasannavishy Thanks. I read both at the time. How does this change my observation that no pollster called both MH & HY right? @5Forty3

Oct 20, 2014

@mihirssharma Agree. That aspect of convergence is striking. But for the most part YY argument read too much like AAP talking points to me.

Oct 20, 2014

@amishra77 IT/Cicero got MH right but didn't do Haryana. TC got HY right, MH wrong. C-Voter got MH right, HY wrong. @sardesairajdeep

Oct 20, 2014

@sardesairajdeep Merely pointed out that nobody called BOTH Maharashtra and Haryana. Agree that IT/Cicero got Maharashtra right. @TheJaggi

Oct 20, 2014

.@AapYogendra: "The more the BJP succeeds, the more it becomes like the Congress." [The world according to AAP.]…

Oct 20, 2014

@tammyhaq True. Though on the brighter side at least the smears didn't work. @AliyaSalahuddin

Oct 20, 2014

@tammyhaq It's a nasty rumor spread by Jokowi's opponents to hurt him. He's very much a Muslim. (Wish people would check.) @AliyaSalahuddin

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