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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.

Dogma Continues to Plague the Indian Left
September 26, 2022

Dogma Continues to Plague the Indian Left

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
A communist party leader, Shailaja, was made to turn down the Magsaysay award on the ground that her success was the outcome of collective effort. But communists do sometimes promote individuals over the collective.

India and Turkiye Still Searching for a Breakthrough
September 24, 2022

India and Turkiye Still Searching for a Breakthrough

By Niranjan Marjani
The Modi-Erdogan meeting raised expectations for the improvement of India-Turkiye ties, but those hopes were short-lived.
Pakistan Deploys More Doctors to Fight Diseases After Floods
September 23, 2022

Pakistan Deploys More Doctors to Fight Diseases After Floods

By Munir Ahmed
Waterborne and other diseases in the past two months have killed 334 flood victims.

Inflation, Unrest Challenge Bangladesh’s ‘Miracle Economy’
September 23, 2022

Inflation, Unrest Challenge Bangladesh’s ‘Miracle Economy’

By Julhas Alam
Although Bangladesh’s situation is nowhere nearly as severe as Sri Lanka's, it faces similar troubles: excessive spending, corruption and cronyism, and a weakening trade balance.

Critic and Key Challenger Softens Stance Against Indian PM Modi
September 23, 2022

Critic and Key Challenger Softens Stance Against Indian PM Modi

By Kavita Chowdhury
Chastened by investigations against her party leaders, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee makes a tactical shift.

Pakistan’s Scramble for a Peaceful and Stable Afghanistan
September 22, 2022

Pakistan’s Scramble for a Peaceful and Stable Afghanistan

By Mohammad Ali Zafar
The country's initial euphoria at the Taliban victory has given way to concern as several troubling developments threaten its regional interests.

Climate Migration: Indian Kids Find Hope in a New Language
September 22, 2022

Climate Migration: Indian Kids Find Hope in a New Language

By Aniruddha Ghosal
In the past decade, the number of climate migrants in India has been growing. 
Will Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation Boost Business at Gwadar Port?
September 22, 2022

Will Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation Boost Business at Gwadar Port?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
It could. But past experience underscores the importance of Pakistan and Barrick Gold being transparent on the terms of the deal they struck.

Sri Lanka to Move Away From China and Toward Economic Integration With India
September 21, 2022

Sri Lanka to Move Away From China and Toward Economic Integration With India

By P.K. Balachandran
In a recent address, President Wickremesinghe defended the Chinese-built Hambantota port but pledged to address India’s security concerns.

Tensions Escalate Along Bangladesh-Myanmar Border
September 21, 2022

Tensions Escalate Along Bangladesh-Myanmar Border

By Shafi Md Mostofa
Shelling from Myanmar into the Bangladeshi side of the border has increased in recent weeks, resulting in death and injuries to Rohingya.

Afghan Students Are Unable to Resume Studies in Indian Universities
September 21, 2022

Afghan Students Are Unable to Resume Studies in Indian Universities

By Tarushi Aswani
Many students who returned to Afghanistan during the pandemic lockdowns have been denied Indian visas.
For Indian Girls, ‘Every Case of Trafficking Is a Failed Revolution’
September 20, 2022

For Indian Girls, ‘Every Case of Trafficking Is a Failed Revolution’

By Katarzyna Rybarczyk
Every year thousands of women and girls are trafficked through India. The patriarchal culture denying women the right to make decisions regarding their lives is to blame.

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