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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

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?
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
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