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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.

Narendra Modi’s Decade Without Press Conferences

Narendra Modi’s Decade Without Press Conferences

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
In the ten years he has been India’s prime minister Modi has faced only one press conference – in 2019, when he let his colleague Amit Shah answer all the questions.

Pakistan Plans to Regulate Social Media Through Legislation

Pakistan Plans to Regulate Social Media Through Legislation

By Umair Jamal
There are concerns that the authorities will misuse the proposed legislation to deal with critics and opponents.
What Drives People From ‘Booming’ Bangladesh to Migrate?

What Drives People From ‘Booming’ Bangladesh to Migrate?

By Mubashar Hasan
Under authoritarian rule, a small group of people have turned enormously rich. The rest have been pushed out of the growth bubble and forced to migrate abroad.

How India’s Politics Is Reshaping International Cricket

How India’s Politics Is Reshaping International Cricket

By Priyansh
India's dominance in cricket has made the IPL and upcoming World Cup central to the sport. However, as cricket grows, so does potential political interference.

India, Iran, and the Taliban’s Gamble on Chabahar 

India, Iran, and the Taliban’s Gamble on Chabahar 

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
And the dilemma that it presents for Washington.

Nepal’s Deputy PM Crosses Swords With Largest Media House

Nepal’s Deputy PM Crosses Swords With Largest Media House

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
Riled by news coverage of his corruption and illegal holding of two passports, Rabi Lamichhane reportedly ordered the arrest of the chairman of Kantipur Media Group.

Modi’s India is Already on a Collision Course with the West

Modi’s India is Already on a Collision Course with the West

By Mohamed Zeeshan
India's democracy was once feted by the West as a model for the developing world. Now, it is increasingly treated as a has-been.
Hinduism and the Righteousness of War

Hinduism and the Righteousness of War

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
While the Hindu epics hold peace in high regard, they also strongly advocate for fighting a righteous war to the very end, when the enemy is destroyed.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Ingress Into Punjab: Prospects and Challenges

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Ingress Into Punjab: Prospects and Challenges

By Abdul Basit
The TTP’s ingress into Punjab will help it gain more publicity and transform into an urban insurgency.

Prime Minister Modi’s God Complex

Prime Minister Modi’s God Complex

By Kavita Chowdhury
Modi equates himself to the Divine to entice voters in the Indian general elections.

Why Sri Lanka Should Take Islamist Radicalization More Seriously

Why Sri Lanka Should Take Islamist Radicalization More Seriously

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The arrest of four Sri Lankan ISIS operatives in India underscores the persisting threat posed by Islamist extremism in the country.
Outer Space in the BJP’s Election Manifesto: Promises and Prospects

Outer Space in the BJP’s Election Manifesto: Promises and Prospects

By Kiran Mohan Vazhapully
In one section of their manifesto, the BJP outlined its plan to make India a “leading space power.”

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