Edward Luce (born 1 June 1968) is an English journalist and the Financial Times chief US commentator and columnist based in Washington, D.C. Before that he was the Financial Times' Washington bureau chief, and South Asia bureau chief based in New Delhi.
- “If utilities are allowed to charge customers for what they use, there is an incentive to supply them... In the cities, charging the poor for water would ensure that the poor would receive it.”
- In Spite of the Gods. The Strange Rise of Modern India (Little, Brown, London 2006) (p.344)
- “The tendency to accept that there are many paths to God derives from India’s long-running traditions of tolerance between religions.”
- In Spite of the Gods. The Strange Rise of Modern India (Little, Brown, London 2006) (p.310)
- “In the villages Buddha has become just one more god to be placed alongside the popular Hindu deities in the Mahar household (...) When Mahars greet each other, they say ‘Ram Ram’, the traditional Hindu greeting.”
- In Spite of the Gods. The Strange Rise of Modern India (Little, Brown, London 2006) ( p.112)
Quotes about Edward Luce
- To sum up, Edward Luce is a typical Western press correspondent in Delhi. He doesn’t hate India or Hinduism, but has innocently lapped up all the prejudices of the so-called secularists. On the Delhi cocktail circuit, trendy Indians gain prestige by showing off their Western friends and at the same time feed them their own view of things. The reading the correspondents do is mostly from the English-medium secularist press, which again corroborates these prejudices. And since exploring alternative viewpoints is both labour-intensive and unrewarding, indeed risky for their reputation in case they were to acknowledge any merit in the Hindu critique of the reigning secularist paradigm, they happily limit themselves to reproducing what their select group of native informers tells them.
- Elst, Koenraad (2012). The argumentative Hindu. New Delhi : Aditya Prakashan.