Though India may not be alone in preventing women from serving on the frontline, its armed services' record on equality is still woeful, reports Shreyasi Singh. And it's attitudes, not ability, that seem to be proving the biggest obstacle of all to change.
The defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam last May has breathed new life into the democratic process for once marginalised groups in Tamil politics, says Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe. And, as Sri Lankans prepare to head to the polls, he says a new optimism is emerging that their society can be rebuilt.
India and Pakistan should be officially recognized as nuclear states, argues South Asia analyst Luv Puri, who says doing so will ease tensions and reduce the risk of nuclear material falling into terrorist hands.