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Through the Lens: Life and Politics in Asia

Each week, The Diplomat's Vishal Arora travels around Asia to bring stories on politics, culture, and society, portraying different facets of life on the continent.

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What India's Most Backward District Wants From the Election
April 15, 2019

What India's Most Backward District Wants From the Election

By Vishal Arora, Avinash Giri, and Safvana Yasmine
Voters in Nuh wonder where the government has been.
India Elections 2019: Where Are Farmers in Gujarat’s Growth Model?
April 08, 2019

India Elections 2019: Where Are Farmers in Gujarat’s Growth Model?

By Vishal Arora and Dev Desai
Those in rural areas complain they have been left behind during Gujarat's era of growth.

This Nepali Mother Sold Her Kidney to Raise Children
January 09, 2019

This Nepali Mother Sold Her Kidney to Raise Children

By Vishal Arora
“I sold my kidney 12 years ago... I had children but no house for them to live in.”

What Every Tibetan Wants
December 28, 2018

What Every Tibetan Wants

By Vishal Arora
The youngest member of the India-based Tibetan parliament-in-exile talks about her dream for her homeland.

Female Delivery Drivers Breaking Patriarchal Barriers in India
December 03, 2018

Female Delivery Drivers Breaking Patriarchal Barriers in India

By Adnan Bhat
Breaking down one more barrier to women's employment in India.
The World of a Bar Dancer in Nepal
November 08, 2018

The World of a Bar Dancer in Nepal

By Vishal Arora
In Kathmandu's dance bars, young women and teenage girls entertain male customers every night. Here is one of their stories.

Menstruating Without Pads in India
October 10, 2018

Menstruating Without Pads in India

By Arpita Singh and Ahmad Belal
Thanks to stigma and misinformation, many Indian women continue to use cloth during their periods.
Where Football Is Not A Game, But Survival
August 01, 2018

Where Football Is Not A Game, But Survival

By Avinash Giri and Nantha Kishore
Meet the football makers of Sisola.

Singer Ash King on Music’s Pull and Purpose
July 18, 2018

Singer Ash King on Music’s Pull and Purpose

By Avinash Giri and Vishal Arora, from StoriesAsia
The Bollywood film singer talks about music, life, and his journey from the UK to India.

Old Delhi’s Last Calligrapher
July 02, 2018

Old Delhi’s Last Calligrapher

By Nantha Kishore
Mohammad Ghalib is one of the last remaining traditional calligraphic artists in Old Delhi.

The ‘Pad Man’ of India’s Parliament
April 27, 2018

The ‘Pad Man’ of India’s Parliament

By Mansi Bhatia and Nantha Kishore
Lawmaker Ninong Ering’s progressive step toward a period-friendly India.
What Should the World Do With Refugees?
April 05, 2018

What Should the World Do With Refugees?

By Avinash Giri, Mansi Bhatia & Nantha Kishore
StoriesAsia speaks to Honey Oberoi Vahali about the psychology of the refugee crisis.

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