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Anand Giridharadas is an author and New York Times columnist. He writes the Admit One column for The Times's arts pages and the Letter from America for its global edition. He is the author of the new book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, about a Muslim immigrant's campaign to spare from Texas's death row the white supremacist who tried to kill him. In 2011, he published India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking, about returning to the India his parents left. In 2009, he completed a four-and-a-half year tour reporting from India for The Times and the Herald Tribune, chronicling India's transformation, Bollywood, corporate takeovers, terrorism, outsourcing, poverty, and democracy. He was appointed as a columnist in 2008, writing the Letter from India series. He first interned for The New York Times at age 17. In 2003, after graduating from college, he moved to Bombay to work as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. He appears regularly on television and radio in the United States and internationally. He has lectured at Harvard, Stanford, Brown, the University of Michigan, the United Nations, and Google. He studied history of political thought at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is presently a doctoral candidate at Harvard University. Anand is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.