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Vishal Arora

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

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?
Bhutan Celebrates Newborn Prince by Planting 108,000 Trees
March 11, 2016
Bhutan Celebrates Newborn Prince by Planting 108,000 Trees
The project underscores the strong feelings Bhutanese have for their monarchy.
Bhutan Celebrates Newborn Prince by Planting 108,000 Trees
R.I.P., India’s Influence in Nepal
November 25, 2015
R.I.P., India’s Influence in Nepal
India will pay a diplomatic price for its reaction to Nepal's new constitution.
R.I.P., India’s Influence in Nepal
Myanmar: Elections and the Media
November 24, 2015
Myanmar: Elections and the Media
The editor of The Irrawaddy shares his thoughts on the implications of the recent elections.
Myanmar: Elections and the Media
Aung San Suu Kyi: Limitations and Obligations
November 18, 2015
Aung San Suu Kyi: Limitations and Obligations
Her party’s landslide victory leaves Suu Kyi still politically constrained, but with much to do.
Aung San Suu Kyi: Limitations and Obligations
Nepal and the Secularism Question
August 24, 2015
Nepal and the Secularism Question
The country wrestles with a constitutional matter that has implications for religious freedom.
Nepal and the Secularism Question
Should Nepal Be Secular?
August 24, 2015
Should Nepal Be Secular?
A push to change the draft constitution could place religious freedoms under threat.
Should Nepal Be Secular?
Maldives ‘Islamic’ Anti-Terror Bill Targets Dissidents
July 17, 2015
Maldives ‘Islamic’ Anti-Terror Bill Targets Dissidents
The government proposes new legislation that would enable it to target dissidents at will.
Maldives ‘Islamic’ Anti-Terror Bill Targets Dissidents
Sri Lanka’s Slow Shift on War Attitude
June 09, 2015
Sri Lanka’s Slow Shift on War Attitude
Under Sirisena, the country is trying to move from “victory” to “remembrance” of its brutal civil war.
Sri Lanka’s Slow Shift on War Attitude
Myanmar's Elusive Peace
May 07, 2015
Myanmar's Elusive Peace
Rebel groups in Myanmar say that peace could still be years away.
Myanmar's Elusive Peace
Geopolitics Enters Nepal’s Earthquake Relief Efforts
May 06, 2015
Geopolitics Enters Nepal’s Earthquake Relief Efforts
What was behind Nepal’s call this week for foreign teams to leave the country?
Geopolitics Enters Nepal’s Earthquake Relief Efforts
Tragedy in Nepal
April 29, 2015
Tragedy in Nepal
As the death toll from the earthquake rises, survivors struggle to put their lives back together.
Tragedy in Nepal
Democracy Loses in Maldives as Former President Jailed
March 24, 2015
Democracy Loses in Maldives as Former President Jailed
The country’s first democratically elected president faces a long prison term after a particularly dubious conviction.
Democracy Loses in Maldives as Former President Jailed
Is Bhutan’s Media Freedom Really Slipping?
March 19, 2015
Is Bhutan’s Media Freedom Really Slipping?
The country may have fallen in the rankings, but is freedom of information really on the decline?
Is Bhutan’s Media Freedom Really Slipping?
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