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Sadanand Dhume

Washington, DC
Columnist — The 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.)

Narendra Modi’s Pakistan Test — Can India find a way to quell attacks by Pakistan-based jihadists? On Sunday this question acquired new urgency after four attackers, allegedly belonging to the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad, killed 18 Indian soldiers near the de facto border between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of Kashmir.

Modi Forges a Pragmatic Foreign Policy — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. India sheds its historic suspicion of the West, but will likely keep its aversion to formal ties. Has the country that invented nonalignment finally outgrown it?

Stability at India’s Central Bank — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. By picking Urjit Patel as governor, the government signals continuity with Raghuram Rajan's policies. Months of suspense in India ended Saturday when the government announced that 52-year-old Urjit Patel will replace Raghuram Rajan as Reserve Bank of India governor when Mr. Rajan's term ends next month.

India’s Human Rights Own Goal — It takes talent to turn an obscure discussion in Bangalore on human rights into an international embarrassment for the Indian government. But you can trust the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a student group affiliated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, to pull off such a feat.

India’s Misguided Name Games — If you are of a certain vintage, you likely remember reading about India's great cities: Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and (more recently) Bangalore. Today you may still come across the name Bombay on a bottle of gin and Madras in a catalog advertising checked shirts, but in India itself these names, like many others, are well on their way to disappearing.

Why GST is good news for BJP, Congress and India — Earlier today (August 3rd), India's upper house of parliament passed a constitutional amendment paving the way for a nationwide goods and services tax. After it crosses remaining hurdles and is implemented, GST will likely be among the most significant economic reforms in India's history.

A few quick thoughts on Barkha Dutt v. Arnab Goswami: — A few quick thoughts on Barkha Dutt v. Arnab Goswami: In most any debate on freedom of expression, you should oppose the person who wants there to be fewer voices. (The exception is incitement to violence.) In this case that person is Arnab Goswami.

India’s Half-done Reforms: Compared with its past, India has prospered over the past 25 years. But in many ways it still lags its peers in Asia — As India marks 25 years since the advent of economic reforms, it's hard to escape the note of self-congratulation in much of the commentary the anniversary has inspired. Indeed, by most measures there is much to celebrate. In terms of sheer numbers, only China has pulled more people out of extreme poverty faster than India.

India’s Party of Reform Becomes Its Party of Obstruction — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. To retain its credibility on economic reforms, the Congress Party must back a proposed goods-and-services tax. India's opposition Congress Party finds itself in an awkward position.

Bangladesh Is Losing the Battle Against Terror — Last week's carnage in Dhaka, where jihadists butchered 22 people in an upscale cafe, has triggered a sweeping reassessment of Bangladesh's vulnerability to terrorism and the spread of Islamism in South Asia more broadly.
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Sep 26, 2016

Trump on nuclear weapons use: 1. I would not do first strike. 2. I won't take anything off the table? [Which one is it?] #debatenight

Sep 26, 2016

"We have to get very, very tough on ___. It's a yuge problem." #DIYTrump #debatenight

Sep 26, 2016

Agree with Trump that US has Third World airports, but how could he possibly leave out Dulles from the list? #debatenight

Sep 26, 2016

Not releasing your tax returns is "the kind of thinking this country needs"? #debatenight

Sep 26, 2016

Does Hillary's laughter make her look self-assured or condescending? #debatenight

Sep 26, 2016

@GanaVK May count over time. But I'd treat any policy with a 10-15 year time horizon as not addressing immediate provocation. @Retributions

Sep 26, 2016

@Retributions Metric must be what he does and not merely what capacity he builds. Otherwise it's just UPA with different background music.

Sep 26, 2016

@ArmchairPseph Not about who manages economy better. Pak development priorities are skewed by army no matter who is in power. @ShekharGupta

Sep 26, 2016

@Retributions Maybe we can gently persuade @ShekharGupta to change his mind on strategic restraint. Hope springs eternal. :)

Sep 26, 2016

@Retributions Like you I disagree with @ShekharGupta on strategic restraint--past sell by date--but find this analysis of Pak army spot on.

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