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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 Politicsl of Gay Rights in India — Legalizing homosexuality may not be as much of a political stretch as it appears. When it comes to lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered people, last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage highlights the gulf between India and much of the democratic world.

The case against caution: Why creative incrementalism hurts BJP’s re-election prospects — For the most part, grumbles about the slow pace of economic reforms in India tend to be couched in exasperated appeals to the greater good. Why can't these politicians see how a bold reform agenda will generate wealth and hasten the end of poverty in the country? The answer, of course, is simple.

South Asia Bets on Prosperity — As India steps up its economic diplomacy in the neighborhood, Pakistan risks falling further behind. Is South Asia beginning to look more like Southeast Asia? If this means an evolution toward a region marked more by shared economic promise than by unending political conflict, then the answer is a qualified yes.

Rethinking the Asian Century — Since the end of the Cold War, there has been strong bipartisan dedication to the idea that America's future will be written in the Asia-Pacific. The Obama administration has argued the case most forcefully. Hillary Clinton, when she was secretary of state, wrote: The Asia-Pacific has become a key driver of global politics.

How Modi Can Shine Again — The prime minister needs to ignite the imagination of investors and show he's serious about reform. A year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic election victory, enthusiasm about India's economy among international observers is fading. Last week, the Journal declared that for Mr. Modi the "euphoria phase" is over.

PM Narendra Modi needs to deliver on economic promise to retain global approval — Over the past 12 months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has achieved one of the most dramatic image makeovers on the global stage. Once viewed largely through the prism of the 2002 Gujarat riots, Modi now commands attention as the charismatic leader of a nation on the upswing.

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.
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Jul 03, 2015

@rupasubramanya No harm in praising a first step even if it isn't entirely adequate. Over and out. @Moneylifers @SwarajyaMag

Jul 03, 2015

@rupasubramanya It's a start. Could certainly do more, such as pulling all the writer's work pending an inquiry. @Moneylifers @SwarajyaMag

Jul 03, 2015

.@ShekharGupta has the best explanation of @LalitKModi and the political economy of Indian cricket that I've read.…

Jul 03, 2015

@rupasubramanya Inadequate if this is their only action, but I prefer to see it as a principled first step. @Moneylifers @SwarajyaMag

Jul 03, 2015

@mediacrooks Thank you. Always nice to be appreciated by such a well-known paragon of principle and good taste.

Jul 03, 2015

@Moneylifers Nonetheless props to @SwarajyaMag for acknowledging the problem. Still unclear what they plan to do about it, but it's a start.

Jul 03, 2015

Good to see @SwarajyaMag publicly acknowledge rip-off of Vanity Fair story on Greece and promise corrective action.…

Jul 03, 2015

@rupasubramanya Glad you called this out. Moment of truth for @SwarajyaMag. I'm surprised @The_Hoot hasn't chimed in. @surajitdasgupta

Jul 03, 2015

@UrMalli Most FZ stuff required a microscope to detect compared to this wholesale ripoff. @rupasubramanya @SwarajyaMag @surajitdasgupta

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