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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.)

Modi’s Pakistan Test

wsj.com — In contrast to its tepid economic reform program, the 15-month-old Narendra Modi government has generally earned high marks for foreign policy. It has boosted ties with the United States, Japan, and Australia, brought India's special relationship with Israel out of the closet, and actively courted neighbors such as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Aug 27, 2015

For Modi, rapprochement with Pakistan should depend on it acting against jihadist groups that target India.[My take] wsj.com/articles/modis…

Aug 27, 2015

On Pakistan, Modi must stand firm: no action against anti-India jihadists means no rapprochement with India. [Reup] wsj.com/articles/modis…

Aug 27, 2015

RT @dhume: On Pakistan, Modi must stand firm: no action against anti-India jihadists means no rapprochement with India. [Reup] wsj.com/articles/modis…

The Secret to Kalam’s Popularity

wsj.com — He was an authentic national hero, the salve his nation needed. How best to gauge India's regard for A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former president who died of cardiac arrest on Monday at the age of 83? The government's generous gesture-seven days of national mourning-only hints at its depth.
Jul 28, 2015

Most Indian presidents are elevated by office. APJ Abdul Kalam elevated the office instead. [My take] wsj.com/articles/the-s…

Jul 29, 2015

For an India in flux, APJ Abdul Kalam fulfilled the vital role of an authentic national hero. [Reup] wsj.com/articles/the-s…

Jul 30, 2015

@dhume's fine Abdul Kalam piece marred by calling Capt Lakshmi 'a hapless rival, a former Marxist freedom fighter' wsj.com/articles/the-s…

Jul 30, 2015

RT @d_jaishankar: ,@dhume: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, "rather than being elevated by his office, ended up elevating it instead." goo.gl/M6i3HE

How to tackle radical Islam: India can learn from the frankness of political discourse in the West

blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com — On Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a remarkable speech in Birmingham outlining a stepped up government campaign against Islamist extremism. India could learn a thing or two from him on how to address a sensitive subject without either flinching from the truth or carelessly tarring an entire community.
Jul 23, 2015

To ignore the global rise of Islamist extremism, you have to be either blind or a member of the CPM politburo. [Reup] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Jul 23, 2015

RT @dhume: To ignore the global rise of Islamist extremism, you have to be either blind or a member of the CPM politburo. [Reup] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

How Technology Tightens India’s Subsidy Regime

wsj.com — A new program to streamline cooking-gas subsidies has saved the Indian government $2 billion this year. Next up: food, fuel and fertilizer subsidies. Can technology help slash India's massive subsidy bills? A new program to streamline cooking-gas subsidies that has saved the government $2 billion this year may show the way.
Jul 22, 2015

India plans to use technology to slash subsidy spending. A successful cooking gas program may show the way. [My take] wsj.com/articles/how-t…

Jul 22, 2015

RT @dhume: India plans to use technology to slash subsidy spending. A successful cooking gas program may show the way. [My take] wsj.com/articles/how-t…

Jul 23, 2015

A program that shaved $2b from India's LPG subsidies offers a template for cutting waste and corruption. [Reup] wsj.com/articles/how-t…

The Politicsl of Gay Rights in India

wsj.com — 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.
Jul 02, 2015

When it comes to gay rights, India is more like Yemen and Pakistan than like South Korea or Japan. [My take] wsj.com/articles/the-p…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @d_jaishankar: .@dhume: Opposition to homosexuality in India may appear relatively broad, but it doesn’t run particularly deep. goo.gl/QLjKto

Jul 02, 2015

Legalizing homosexuality in India may not be as much of a political stretch as it appears, writes @dhume wsj.com/articles/the-p…

Jul 02, 2015

"Legalizing homosexuality in India may not be as much of a political stretch as it appears to be" latika.me/1GS3NCz via @WSJ

Jul 02, 2015

Modi says the govt has no business being in business.It has even less business being in the bedroom on.wsj.com/1IRQD8W @dhume on #Sec377

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The case against caution: Why creative incrementalism hurts BJP’s re-election prospects

blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com — 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.
Jun 26, 2015

The case against caution: Why creative incrementalism hurts BJP’s re-election prospects. [My take in @timesofindia.] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Jun 26, 2015

RT @dhume: The case against caution: Why creative incrementalism hurts BJP’s re-election prospects. [My take in @timesofindia.] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Jun 26, 2015

TOI Edit Page : The case against caution: Why creative incrementalism hurts BJP’s re-election prospects: blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Jun 26, 2015

You can be pretty sure that nobody voted for Modi hoping for UPA-III with more punctual bureaucrats. [Reup] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

Jun 26, 2015

RT @dhume: You can be pretty sure that nobody voted for Modi hoping for UPA-III with more punctual bureaucrats. [Reup] blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-edit-page/…

South Asia Bets on Prosperity

wsj.com — 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.
Jun 18, 2015

Much of South Asia has embraced the economic pragmatism of Southeast Asia. Pakistan needs to follow. [My take] wsj.com/articles/south…

Jun 19, 2015

South Asia bets on prosperity. Pakistan risks being frozen out: WSJ on.wsj.com/1GvsS8a via @WSJ #pakistan

Jun 19, 2015

Pakistan’s trade-to-GDP ratio remained unchanged at 33% between 2003 and 2013: WSJ wsj.com/articles/south…

Rethinking the Asian Century

washingtonexaminer.com — 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

wsj.com — 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.
Jun 03, 2015

Amidst criticism of the slow pace of economic reforms, my take on how Modi can shine again. wsj.com/articles/how-m… pic.twitter.com/xcjZWoq8yd

Jun 03, 2015

RT @dhume: Amidst criticism of the slow pace of economic reforms, my take on how Modi can shine again. wsj.com/articles/how-m… pic.twitter.com/xcjZWoq8yd

Jun 03, 2015

Narendra Modi can't afford to lose his reformist sheen this early in a five-year term. [Reup] wsj.com/articles/how-m…

Jun 03, 2015

RT @dhume: Narendra Modi can't afford to lose his reformist sheen this early in a five-year term. [Reup] wsj.com/articles/how-m…

PM Narendra Modi needs to deliver on economic promise to retain global approval

blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com — 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.
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Aug 29, 2015

To Chris Caldwell, @realDonaldTrump is an "increasingly plausible candidate for the presidency of the United States." weeklystandard.com/articles/what-…

Aug 29, 2015

@ShoaibDaniyal Of course not. (Please read my responses to Mihir.)

Aug 29, 2015

@mihirssharma Perhaps you approve of warning potential investors to avoid India as though it's some kind of police state. To each his own.

Aug 29, 2015

@mihirssharma No. Fine to disagree w/ lack of privacy legislation in India, which btw predates Modi. Churlish to try and dissuade investors.

Aug 29, 2015

@mihirssharma Did you even read the letter? Clearly tied to visit and explicitly warns against doing business with Indian government.

Aug 29, 2015

@mihirssharma Really? Maybe warning SV tech firms against conducting business with Indian government counts as an endorsement in your book.

Aug 29, 2015

@mihirssharma Intent is to queer a visit aimed at attracting investment to India. (Though luckily corporations usually ignore academics.)

Aug 29, 2015

@ShekharGupta Depressing. If even the scrutiny of 1.2b eyeballs can't prevent nepotism then what can?


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