Sadanand Dhume writes about South Asian political economy, foreign policy, business, and society, with a focus on India and Pakistan. He is also a South Asia columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review in India and Indonesia and was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in Washington, D.C. His political travelogue about the rise of radical Islam in Indonesia, My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with a Radical Islamist, has been published in four countries.
AEI brings together Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya, authors of “Why Growth Matters,” who will argue that if the reforms of 1991 could transform India from a basket case to a middle-income country and engine of growth, then it is clear that a rapidly expanding economy is the best antidote to poverty.
On a balmy autumn evening at a neighborhood market in Delhi, a slight man in rolled-up shirtsleeves and loose pants exhorts a crowd of several hundred people to do something they have never done before: vote for a brand new party in state elections scheduled for December.
Two decades after the end of the Cold War, US–India relations stand at a crossroads. Republicans and Democrats alike generally agree that the goal of a strong India—as a symbol of democratic capitalism, an implicit counterweight to Chinese hegemony, an ally in the long war against radical Islam, and an engine of global growth—remains worth supporting.