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Ramesh Ponnuru

Ramesh Ponnuru
Born (1974-08-16) August 16, 1974
Prairie Village, Kansas
Ethnicity Indian
Education B.A. Princeton University
Occupation Columnist and Editor
Notable credit(s) The Party of Death (2006)
Title Senior editor
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) April Ponnuru

Ramesh Ponnuru (; born August 16, 1974) is a Washington, D.C.-based American columnist and a senior editor for National Review magazine. He is also a contributor to Time magazine and[1] 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.


  • Personal life 1
  • Disputes with Andrew Sullivan 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Personal life

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. Raised by a Hindu father and a Lutheran mother,[2] Ponnuru is of Asian Indian descent and has converted to Roman Catholicism from agnosticism.[3] He is married to April Ponnuru.[4][5]

Disputes with Andrew Sullivan

Ponnuru has had an ongoing disagreement with Bush administration human rights abuses, of being a "Christianist",[6] of hyperbolic attacks on the Democratic Party, and of abandoning conservative principles.[7] The two have also debated the state and nature of contemporary conservatism.[8]


  1. ^ The Washington Post
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  3. ^ On Point : The Party of Death – The Party of Death
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  6. ^ The Daily Dish
  7. ^ The Daily Dish
  8. ^ The Corner on National Review Online

External links

  • biographyNational Review
  • columnsNational Review
  • Video debates featuring Ponnuru on
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
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