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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.)

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.

Pahlaj Nihalani syndrome: To maintain credibility with the middle class, BJP needs to place competence ahead of loyalty — What links Pahlaj Nihalani, Gajendra Chauhan, Chetan Chauhan and Raghuram Rajan? Over the past two years, they have all emerged as characters in a drama beamed into living rooms and splashed across the front pages of newspapers. Together they tell a simple but compelling story: India's ruling party suffers from a gaping talent deficit.

It’s Amateur Hour in Narendra Modi’s India — Is Narendra Modi still India's great economic hope? This is the question raised by the tawdry drama leading up to the announcement Saturday by Raghuram Rajan, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India, that he will return to academia in September.
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Aug 24, 2016

@shilpaanand Well, to give her credit where it's due, she's unusually gifted at self-promotion.

Aug 24, 2016

@asadowaisi Ideally they should allow both, but let's be clear: you can't get cancer from watching a woman dance.

Aug 23, 2016

@TarekFatah Tarek: I'm no expert on this, but unfair to smear @BalochInst or @MalikSirajAkbar without a shred of evidence. Thanks. @mazdaki

Aug 23, 2016

It's time to stop using India's colonial era sedition law to try and shut down free speech:

Aug 23, 2016

@Bhayankur Dumbing down of journalism. The outlandish interpretation attracts more eyeballs than the prosaic one. @scotchism @htTweets

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