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Narayan Lakshman is an Associate Editor at The Hindu, one of India’s largest English-language daily newspapers, founded in 1878. As a member of the senior editorial management of the newspaper, Narayan splits his time between running a column on the op-ed page, writing for the editorial and opinion pages on U.S. domestic politics, Tamil Nadu politics, and more, and curating special editorial projects. He has often been an expert commentator on political issues across news television channels, including India Today, CNN News18, NDTV, BBC, MSNBC, and Bloomberg Quint. Previously, Narayan was The Hindu’s U.S. correspondent based in Washington DC. From 2010 he spent six years in this role, sending despatches on a wide range of subjects, from strategic issues in Indo-U.S. politics to healthcare reform and the immigration controversies. Before his tenure in America, Narayan worked in the Tamil Nadu bureau at The Hindu's Chennai headquarters from early 2009, where he wrote about rural poverty and development. Additionally, as an editorial writer, he wrote numerous opinion pieces on American presidential and congressional politics. Prior to joining The Hindu, Narayan pursued doctoral research at the London School of Economics on the politics of poverty alleviation in India, which he completed in 2006, then went on to join a hedge fund in London as a research analyst. The essence of his research at the LSE was synthesised into a book titled “Patrons of the Poor: Caste Politics and Policymaking in India,” published by Oxford University Press (India) in March 2011. Narayan has a B.A. in economics from St. Stephen's College in New Delhi, an M.A. in economics from Cambridge University, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He resides in Chennai with his wife and two daughters. He is passionate about tennis and karate – club-level player for the former, black belt and former state champion for the latter. He is a Fellow of the Class 7 of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.