Sadanand Dhume

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Sadanand Dhume
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New Delhi, India
OccupationWriter, Journalist
AwardsBernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society

Sadanand Dhume is a US writer of Indian origin and journalist based in Washington, D.C. who writes on Asian affairs.[1] He is the author of My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with a Radical Islamist, a travel narrative about the rise of fundamentalism in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country.[2]

Between 1999 and 2004 Dhume lived in Asia. He served as India bureau chief of the Far Eastern Economic Review and as Indonesia correspondent of FEER and The Wall Street Journal Asia. His essays, op-eds and reviews have also been published in The Washington Post, Forbes, Commentary, YaleGlobal and Foreign Policy. His television appearances include CNN, PBS, BBC World, Al Jazeera International, CNBC Asia and ABC Television; he has also been interviewed by BBC World Service Radio, ABC Radio and ABC Radio (Australia).

Dhume holds a master's degree in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Delhi.

In 2007 Dhume was an inaugural Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society.[3] He is currently working on a nonfiction book about the impact of globalization on India. He is represented by Aitken Alexander Associates in London.[4]

Dhume is a self-identified atheist.[5][6]



  1. ^ "Towards a Hindu Pakistan? India may never mirror its western neighbour, but already apes some of its worst aspects".
  2. ^ Australian. "My Friend the Fanatic by Sadanand Dhume".
  3. ^ "Bernard Schwartz Fellows Program". Asia Society.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2009-02-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "An Indian atheist takes on the Islamist world in Indonesia". The Jakarta Post. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  6. ^ Dhume, Sadanand. My Friend the Fanatic. Westland. ISBN 978-93-80283-48-7. Retrieved 24 September 2013. As a lifelong atheist, I had little sympathy for organised religion...

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