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.
This week Sonia Gandhi marks 15 years at the helm of India’s ruling Congress Party. In the Wall Street Journal today, I argue that opposing her for her Italian origins is both unfair and misguided. (Read it here.) It makes more sense to contest her backing of pie-in-the-sky policies that...
South Asia’s countries are closer to the turmoil in the Middle East than their East Asian peers. Indeed, the problems roiling Afghanistan and Pakistan—terrorism, sectarian violence, nuclear proliferation and religious extremism—underscore the difficulty of drawing a sharp line between the western extremities of South Asia and the eastern edges of the Middle East.
As Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram presents India's annual budget today amidst the sharpest economic slowdown in a decade, you can't blame pro-market voices from despairing about the country's politics.