The Atlantic | March 17, 2017 | By Emma Green
Highly educated immigrants from South Asia have often been able to live comfortably in America. With a new wave of hate crimes, that’s changing. Manik Suri is the archetypical overachiever from an Indian American family. The 34-year-old runs a start-up in Silicon Valley. He speaks four languages. He’s got two Ivy League degrees. And yet, when the windows at an Indian restaurant near his house were shot out late February, along with those of an Eritrean place nearby, he felt shaken. Read more here.
India Abroad | August 23, 2013 | By Manik Suri
On the occasion of India’s 66th anniversary, the world’s largest democracy has made significant strides in its economic, social, and political development. Notwithstanding serious governance challenges in the near term, there are fundamental reasons to remain optimistic about India’s long term prospects. Read the full piece here.
India America Today | November 21, 2012 | By Manik Suri
While Indian Americans were solidly within the Obama camp, the challenge in this election lay in making sure their voice was heard – only 63 percent had voted in 2008. The three million-strong community’s widespread distribution – particularly in contested states – meant that they could help move the needle where it counted. Now, looking back at the 2012 election, Indian Americans who voted should feel proud: they were joined by record numbers of voters across key liberal constituencies, including Latinos and African Americans, who delivered at the ballot box – toppling conservative pundits’ electoral models, challenging long-held assumptions, and igniting a firestorm within the Republican leadership over their party’s ability to connect with an electorate that is increasingly diverse. Read the full piece here.
India America Today | October 27, 2012 | By Manik Suri
Indian Americans are amongst President Obama’s most committed backers, but less than two-thirds of the 3-million strong community’s eligible voters showed up at the ballot box in 2008. This time around, no one can afford to stay on the sidelines. Each of us must head to the polls not only because we believe in a better future – the very reason our families came to this country – but because we are committed to shaping it ourselves. Doing so will strengthen the community’s political voice. But more importantly, it could help decide an election where the stakes are high, margins are razor-thin, and every vote counts. Read the full piece here.
The Diplomat | October 11, 2012 | By Manik Suri
President Obama’s engagement with India rests on the twin pillars of common values and converging interests. Our liberal democracies face common challenges across Asia – from combating fundamentalist violence in the west to preventing authoritarian power plays in the east. Obama’s foresighted India policy has advanced democracy, boosted our economy, and left America stronger. Governor Romney, meanwhile, has hardly mentioned India, reflecting a deeper failure to formulate a strategic vision for U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century – yet another sign that he is dangerously out-of-touch with present day realities. Read the full piece here.
RealClearMarkets | August 30, 2012 | By Manik Suri
The United States urgently needs an ambitious trade strategy for the world’s fastest growing region: Asia. An obvious place to begin would be India — one of its largest emerging markets. While newly launched talks on an investment agreement with New Delhi couldn’t be more propitious, the Obama administration must commit serious political capital to overcome protectionist opposition and build on considerable bipartisan consensus in favor of deeper U.S.-India economic ties. Read the full piece here.
The Hindu: Business Line | August 15, 2012 | By Manik Suri
India’s efforts at strategic autonomy — being part of both Chinese and American plans in Afghanistan — may not prove workable. Read the full piece here.
India in Transition | August 13, 2012 | By Manik Suri
The United States and India face an opportunity to expand their strategic partnership in Afghanistan — but only if New Delhi accepts that maintaining its “strategy autonomy” will likely prove increasingly costly. Read the full piece here.
The Diplomat | August 4, 2012 | By Manik Suri
India is a nation of superlatives. So it should seem unsurprising that its massive power failure earlier this week was the largest in history, affecting nearly 10 percent of humanity. As photographs depicting Indians huddled around candlelight spread worldwide, India’s blackout has ironically cast a bright light on the nation’s deep-seated structural problems – particularly severe shortages of public goods like infrastructure, education, and health – that continue to leave millions behind. Reformers should seize this moment, for the power outage provides an opportunity to spur India’s weak national government into action. The country’s political leaders must heed this warning, or they will remain its greatest obstacle to growth. Read the full piece here.
Foreign Policy | November 24, 2009 | By Manik Suri
The anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks serves as a reminder that the front lines in the “war on terror” lie not only in New York and Washington, DC, but as far afield as Karachi and Mumbai. The attacks were planned and directed by LeT militants within Pakistan — a clarion call for the United States to take a stronger stance toward Islamabad and promote closer counter-terrorism cooperation with India. Read the full piece here.