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Vishal Arora

Vishal Arora is a New Delhi-based journalist. He writes, and produces video features, on politics, culture, religion, foreign affairs and human rights in South and Southeast Asia. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and many other outlets.

Follow him on Twitter at @vishalarora_in

Nepal’s Ex-Maoist Child Soldier Shares Plight of His 3,000 Peers
April 24, 2017
Nepal’s Ex-Maoist Child Soldier Shares Plight of His 3,000 Peers
About 3,000 former child soldiers in Nepal remain jobless.
Nepal’s Ex-Maoist Child Soldier Shares Plight of His 3,000 Peers
Silence Is Beautiful: A Nepali Café's Deaf Servers
April 18, 2017
Silence Is Beautiful: A Nepali Café's Deaf Servers
Sam’s One Tree Café in Kathmandu, Nepal employs 20 deaf waiters.
Silence Is Beautiful: A Nepali Café's Deaf Servers
An Indian Student's Battle With Depression
April 12, 2017
An Indian Student's Battle With Depression
An Indian student recounts her recovery from depression.
An Indian Student's Battle With Depression
Kandhamal’s Christian Widows Still Await Closure
April 04, 2017
Kandhamal’s Christian Widows Still Await Closure
Their husbands were murdered in attacks on Christians in 2008, but justice has yet to be done.
Kandhamal’s Christian Widows Still Await Closure
5 Myths Behind India’s Communal Violence
March 30, 2017
5 Myths Behind India’s Communal Violence
Ram Puniyani debunks 5 misconceptions that drive violence against religious minorities.
5 Myths Behind India’s Communal Violence
Rupali Patil on the Challenges of Being a Woman Artist
March 28, 2017
Rupali Patil on the Challenges of Being a Woman Artist
The artist from Pune, India recounts censorship and bias.
Rupali Patil on the Challenges of Being a Woman Artist
What’s It Like to Be a Woman in Bollywood?
March 17, 2017
What’s It Like to Be a Woman in Bollywood?
Shreya Narayan shares her experience as a Bollywood actress and what she see would like to see change.
What’s It Like to Be a Woman in Bollywood?
A Warning From Nepal’s ‘River Man’
February 17, 2017
A Warning From Nepal’s ‘River Man’
In 20 years, Nepal may not have any undammed rivers left.
A Warning From Nepal’s ‘River Man’
Journalist Namgay Zam Leaves Bhutan: Brain Drain in Action
February 10, 2017
Journalist Namgay Zam Leaves Bhutan: Brain Drain in Action
The Diplomat visited Zam in Kathmandu to speak to her about her decision to leave Bhutan.
Journalist Namgay Zam Leaves Bhutan: Brain Drain in Action
Rajeev Chandrasekhar on the 'Conspiracy of Silence' Over Child Sexual Abuse in India
February 08, 2017
Rajeev Chandrasekhar on the 'Conspiracy of Silence' Over Child Sexual Abuse in India
A conversation with an Indian MP on a horrific but too often overlooked problem.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar on the 'Conspiracy of Silence' Over Child Sexual Abuse in India
Meet Nepal’s Buddhist ‘Rock Star Nun’
February 02, 2017
Meet Nepal’s Buddhist ‘Rock Star Nun’
One nun is breaking stereotypes about women and clergy alike.
Meet Nepal’s Buddhist ‘Rock Star Nun’
An Indian Newspaper’s Journey
January 18, 2017
An Indian Newspaper’s Journey
"In Delhi alone, more than 3 million newspapers are distributed to homes every morning within hours of their printing."
An Indian Newspaper’s Journey
Indian Journalist’s Road From Addiction to Recovery
December 20, 2016
Indian Journalist’s Road From Addiction to Recovery
Vijay Simha, a senior Indian journalist, recovered from alcoholism to write books on sobriety.
Indian Journalist’s Road From Addiction to Recovery
India’s Most ‘Notorious’ Campus
November 30, 2016
India’s Most ‘Notorious’ Campus
Some see the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University as a “den of communists.” Others see vibrant student activism.
India’s Most ‘Notorious’ Campus
'Apprentice': Filmmaker Explores Capital Punishment in Singapore
November 15, 2016
'Apprentice': Filmmaker Explores Capital Punishment in Singapore
Boo Junfeng discusses his latest film, which takes on the issue of capital punishment in Singapore, in an exclusive interview.
'Apprentice': Filmmaker Explores Capital Punishment in Singapore
Filmmakers Take Cinema to Dalai Lama’s Hometown-in-Exile
November 11, 2016
Filmmakers Take Cinema to Dalai Lama’s Hometown-in-Exile
The Diplomat spoke to filmmaker Tenzing Sonam, a Tibetan in exile, about the Dharamshala International Film Festival
Filmmakers Take Cinema to Dalai Lama’s Hometown-in-Exile
Nepal's Singing Storyteller
October 21, 2016
Nepal's Singing Storyteller
Nepalese journalist switches to singing for storytelling.
Nepal's Singing Storyteller
A Journalist Takes on Bhutan's Top Judge, Sparking National Reflection on Democracy
October 20, 2016
A Journalist Takes on Bhutan's Top Judge, Sparking National Reflection on Democracy
Namgay Zam’s complaint against the country’s Chief Justice is emblematic of a larger struggle.
A Journalist Takes on Bhutan's Top Judge, Sparking National Reflection on Democracy
How India Can Better Preserve Its Cultural Heritage
September 28, 2016
How India Can Better Preserve Its Cultural Heritage
An interview with Ratish Nanda, a prominent conservation architect in India.
How India Can Better Preserve Its Cultural Heritage
Finding Delhi’s Lost Monuments
September 23, 2016
Finding Delhi’s Lost Monuments
Glimpses of historical treasures hidden within the bustle of a modern city.
Finding Delhi’s Lost Monuments
In Bhutan, a Facebook Post Leads to Defamation Charges
August 23, 2016
In Bhutan, a Facebook Post Leads to Defamation Charges
The case is symbolic of questions surrounding Bhutan's elites, and the right to free expression for the rest.
In Bhutan, a Facebook Post Leads to Defamation Charges
Visions of Nepal: One Year After the Quake
April 24, 2016
Visions of Nepal: One Year After the Quake
Recovery has been slow, but the Nepalese remain impressively stoic.
Visions of Nepal: One Year After the Quake
Aung San Suu Kyi’s Democratic Myopia
April 01, 2016
Aung San Suu Kyi’s Democratic Myopia
The icon should avoid obsessing about the presidency at the expense of other democratic performs.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s Democratic Myopia
Just How Popular Is India in South Asia Really?
March 22, 2016
Just How Popular Is India in South Asia Really?
The country seems oblivious to its image in the eyes of its neighbors.
Just How Popular Is India in South Asia Really?
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