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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.

Gen. Munir’s Appointment as Army Chief Bodes Well for Pakistan
November 25, 2022

Gen. Munir’s Appointment as Army Chief Bodes Well for Pakistan

By Umair Jamal
The civilian leadership seems to have realized that merit and seniority rather than political considerations should determine the selection of the army chief.

India and ASEAN Upgrade Their Partnership
November 25, 2022

India and ASEAN Upgrade Their Partnership

By Rathindra Kuruwita
As comprehensive security partners, they can be expected to engage in deeper cooperation relating to maritime security and disaster risk reduction.
Pakistani PM Names Ex-Spy Master as New Army Chief
November 24, 2022

Pakistani PM Names Ex-Spy Master as New Army Chief

By Munir Ahmed
Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir, who was chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence when Imran Khan was prime minister, was sacked by the latter.

A New Entrant Complicates Electoral Equations in PM Modi’s Home State
November 24, 2022

A New Entrant Complicates Electoral Equations in PM Modi’s Home State

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The Aam Aadmi Party is expected to erode the support bases of the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress in Gujarat’s upcoming election.

India’s Tribes Seek Official Religion Status for Belief System
November 23, 2022

India’s Tribes Seek Official Religion Status for Belief System

By Sheikh Saliq
Apprehensions have grown over Hindu nationalist groups seeking to bring these nature worshippers into the Hindu fold.

How, and Why, the BJP Sometimes Courts Muslim Voters
November 23, 2022

How, and Why, the BJP Sometimes Courts Muslim Voters

By Anuttama Banerji
Despite its Hindutva ideology, in some states and some elections the BJP courts Muslim voters.

Kuki-Chin Refugees From Bangladesh Take Shelter in Mizoram
November 22, 2022

Kuki-Chin Refugees From Bangladesh Take Shelter in Mizoram

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
Military operations by Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion in the Chittagong Hill Tracts triggered the recent exodus to India.
Why Pakistan’s Post-Flood Rebuilding Efforts Are Neglecting Balochistan
November 22, 2022

Why Pakistan’s Post-Flood Rebuilding Efforts Are Neglecting Balochistan

By Riazat Butt
Balochistan is the country’s poorest province and lacks political patrons.

Government-Opposition Confrontation Looms in Bangladesh
November 22, 2022

Government-Opposition Confrontation Looms in Bangladesh

By Shafi Md Mostofa
The ruling Awami League is concerned over the massive rally that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party has planned at Dhaka on December 10.

China’s Blocking Spree in the 1267 Sanctions Committee
November 21, 2022

China’s Blocking Spree in the 1267 Sanctions Committee

By Sudha Ramachandran
Beijing blocked five India-U.S. proposals to get Pakistan-based individuals sanctioned as terrorists over a span of four months.

The Future of Reservations in India
November 20, 2022

The Future of Reservations in India

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Reservation of jobs and seats in educational institutions, which were based hitherto on caste identity, will now include economic criteria as well.
Could the Quad Help With India’s Space Station Dreams?
November 18, 2022

Could the Quad Help With India’s Space Station Dreams?

By Pranav R. Satyanath
As China finishes its own space station, what India should look to international partners to take its space program to the next level.

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