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South Asia is a story of promise and peril where Asia’s conflicting forces of modernity and reaction meet head on. Home to a multitude of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions, The Diplomat's regional correspondents and experts will provide the insight you need to navigate one of the world's most consequential regions.

Bangladesh’s Identity Crisis: To Be or Not to Be Secular
December 06, 2021

Bangladesh’s Identity Crisis: To Be or Not to Be Secular

By Shafi Md Mostofa
Fifty years after it gained its independence, Bangladesh’s commitment to secularism remains shaky.

Pakistan Police: Mob Kills Sri Lankan Over Alleged Blasphemy
December 03, 2021

Pakistan Police: Mob Kills Sri Lankan Over Alleged Blasphemy

By Babar Dogar
Mob attacks on people accused of blasphemy are common in Pakistan.
Mamata Banerjee Shakes up the Status Quo
December 03, 2021

Mamata Banerjee Shakes up the Status Quo

By Kavita Chowdhury
The West Bengal Chief Minister aims to lead the opposition in the fight against India’s ruling BJP.

Sino-Indian Competition in South Asia: Another Round
December 03, 2021

Sino-Indian Competition in South Asia: Another Round

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
In the ongoing contest between China and India for influence, New Delhi has made some gains in the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

How India’s Opposition Parties Are Strengthening the BJP
December 02, 2021

How India’s Opposition Parties Are Strengthening the BJP

By Niranjan Marjani
Since 2014, India's opposition parties have had one goal: Unseat the BJP. But all their actions to date have been counterproductive.

India Confirms Omicron Variant Cases, Says Get the Shot Now
December 02, 2021

India Confirms Omicron Variant Cases, Says Get the Shot Now

By Associated Press
Travelers from countries classified as "at risk" are being tested on arrival in India.

Pakistan’s Surging Religious Extremism
December 02, 2021

Pakistan’s Surging Religious Extremism

By Umair Jamal
Its political class has neither the will nor the intent to tackle religious extremism as all have benefited from it.
Bangladesh’s Nuclear Power Plant: Economic Blackhole or Energy Backbone?
December 02, 2021

Bangladesh’s Nuclear Power Plant: Economic Blackhole or Energy Backbone?

By Hussain Shazzad
Bangladesh's Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant has sparked intense debate, but it's hard to see a better option for the country.

Tajrobawai Girls School in Herat Shows the Way
December 01, 2021

Tajrobawai Girls School in Herat Shows the Way

By Lee Keath
Teachers' union officials met with local Taliban officials and Herat's governor to press their demands.

A Snapshot of India’s Population
December 01, 2021

A Snapshot of India’s Population

By Sudha Ramachandran
NFHS-5, the latest survey of India’s people, shows that population growth has stabilized but misogyny remains strong.

Why Is Beijing Going Nuts for Afghan Pine Nuts?
December 01, 2021

Why Is Beijing Going Nuts for Afghan Pine Nuts?

By Ajmal Waziri and Raffaello Pantucci
The trade offers concrete and immediate benefits to both the Chinese government and the Taliban.
Taliban’s Reign of Terror Belies Promise of Amnesty
November 30, 2021

Taliban’s Reign of Terror Belies Promise of Amnesty

By Lee Keath
Despite the promised amnesty, Taliban commanders are executing and forcibly "disappearing" soldiers, policemen, and intelligence officials of the previous regime, says Human Rights Watch.

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