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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 Missed Opportunity

wsj.com — 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

wsj.com — 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

aei.org — 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

wsj.com — 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

foreignpolicy.com — 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

blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com — 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

wsj.com — 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

aei.org — 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.

#ObamaInIndia: Can Obama’s visit to New Delhi revive US-India relations?

aei.org — This Google Hangout event is online only. Viewers in India can tune in from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Indian Standard Time. Foreign and Defense Policy, India/Afghanistan/Pakistan On January 26, President Obama will make history as the first US president to be the chief guest at India's annual Republic Day celebrations.

India’s Bad Example on Free Speech

blogs.wsj.com — 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.
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Mar 02, 2015

.@Amnesty wonders "whether any future association" with the jihad apologists at Cage "would now be appropriate.” theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/m…

Mar 02, 2015

Underneath all the budget analysis, "all that we read and hear is the sound of disappointment being rationalized." blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Citycitybangba…

Mar 02, 2015

Here's a picture of common man CM Arvind Kejriwal's humble new home. [Next: humble private jet.] #AAP indianexpress.com/photos/picture…

Mar 02, 2015

@surjitbhalla Will be interesting to see how far and fast they go, especially with Bihar elections looming. @nayyardhiraj @mihirssharma

Mar 02, 2015

@surjitbhalla Not entirely alas, but in any case I mean it metaphorically. @nayyardhiraj

Mar 02, 2015

@nayyardhiraj People would also protest if they had announced privatization of (even a few) loss making PSUs. But let's agree to disagree.

Mar 02, 2015

@nayyardhiraj Disagree. Nobody's going to show up at Ram Lila maidan to protest any of these things.

Mar 02, 2015

@nayyardhiraj Where exactly are the cuts? Not in food or fertilizer subsidies. NREGA outlays increased. LPG work in progress. @mihirssharma

Mar 02, 2015

@sunandavashisht Me too. Just not clear that we're seeing that. They increased NREGA outlays and boasted about it.



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