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Niha Dagia

Niha Dagia

Niha Dagia is a multimedia journalist covering health, social issues and politics in South Asia. Follow her on Twitter at @nhd00.

Posts by Niha Dagia
January 25, 2022

Without Vaccine Equity, the World Could Remain Stuck in Pandemic Limbo

By Niha Dagia
On the cusp of a triumph over the coronavirus, the world snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

January 18, 2022

Pakistan’s National Security Policy Prioritizes Economic Security

By Niha Dagia
Its content is impressive but it lacks a roadmap.
January 05, 2022

2021 Was a Bad Year for Democracy in South Asia

By Niha Dagia
The pandemic made it easier for governments to justify authoritarian measures, including crackdowns on the media and excessive surveillance.

December 07, 2021

The Dilemma Over the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan

By Niha Dagia
The mob killing of a Sri Lankan is the culmination of a fire lit decades ago, when a doctrinaire interpretation of Islam was allowed to thrive in a politically driven move to legitimize religious intolerance.

November 19, 2021

Pakistan’s Ruling Party Oblivious to People’s Economic Woes

By Niha Dagia
The unprecedented misery of Pakistani citizens is aggravated by the lack of sympathy from the government as it refuses to accept its contribution to record inflation.

November 09, 2021

Will Imran Khan Grant the US Access to Pakistani Airspace Again?

By Niha Dagia
Should the prime minister do so, he would be contradicting his years-long anti-war, anti-U.S. political rhetoric.
October 25, 2021

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan Again Signals its Street Power

By Niha Dagia
The banned far-right party has considerable support in politically significant Punjab.

October 13, 2021

South Asia’s Fight Against COVID-19 Gathers Momentum

By Niha Dagia
Despite vaccine hesitancy and a shortage of doses, South Asian countries have fared fairly well in vaccinating their populations.

September 29, 2021

Pakistan’s Fake Vaccine Certificates

By Niha Dagia
As in many other parts of the world, Pakistan’s anti-vaxxers are turning to fake vaccine certificates to dodge government restrictions on unvaccinated individuals.

September 22, 2021

Does the Afghan Debacle Signal Declining US Influence?

By Niha Dagia
Experts say to maintain influence Washington “will need at a minimum to recognize the Taliban government.”

September 15, 2021

Afghan Women Footballers Flee to Pakistan

By Niha Dagia
The Afghan National Girls Youth Football team, its coaches, and their families were facing threats from the Taliban.
August 16, 2021

The Taliban Ride Back to Power in Kabul

By Niha Dagia
Kabul’s fall to the Taliban is more the result of the Afghan government’s ineptitude and corruption than the Taliban’s strength.

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