August 16, 1974 |
Prairie Village, Kansas
|Education||B.A. Princeton University|
|Occupation||Columnist and Editor|
|Notable credit(s)||The Party of Death (2006)|
Ramesh Ponnuru (/ /; born August 16, 1974) is a Washington, D.C.-based Indian American columnist and a senior editor for National Review magazine. He is also a contributor to Time magazine and WashingtonPost.com. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Newsday, New York Post, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, The New Republic, and First Things.
A conservative pundit, Ponnuru has appeared in many public affairs and news interview programs. He is perhaps best known for his 2006 book, The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life, published by Regnery Publishing. In response to questions about and criticism of the provocative title, Ponnuru has explained in interviews that the term is intended to define a political movement that has taken over control of the Democratic Party through abortion and other death-related issues.
Ponnuru was raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. He attended Briarwood Elementary School and Mission Valley Middle School. He skipped the 8th grade and directly entered high school. After graduating from Shawnee Mission East High School at the age of 15, he went to Princeton University, where he earned a B.A. in history and graduated summa cum laude. He is of Asian Indian descent and has converted to Roman Catholicism from agnosticism. He is married to April Ponnuru.
Disputes with bloggers
Ponnuru has had an ongoing disagreement with blogger Andrew Sullivan, who has accused Ponnuru, among other things, of not speaking out on what Sullivan believes to be Bush administration human rights abuses, of being a "Christianist", of hyperbolic attacks on the Democratic Party, and of abandoning conservative principles. The two have also debated the state and nature of contemporary conservatism.
Ponnuru has also had disagreements with former National Review columnist John Derbyshire. Derbyshire panned Ponnuru's book Party of Death in the New English Review in 2006, in an article titled "A Frigid and Pitiless Dogma".
- The Washington Post[dead link]
- Ramesh Ponnuru on The Party of Death on National Review Online
- On Point : The Party of Death - The Party of Death
- The Daily Dish
- The Daily Dish
- The Corner on National Review Online
- A Frigid and Pitiless Dogma, New English Review, June 2006
- National Review biography
- National Review columns
- Video debates featuring Ponnuru on Bloggingheads.tv