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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.

Nepal Extends Ongoing Lockdown to Combat COVID–19
April 07, 2020

Nepal Extends Ongoing Lockdown to Combat COVID–19

By Brabim Karki
Nepal’s poor stand to be hard hit by the freeze on economic activity.

Can India Organize Post-COVID–19 Global Action?
April 07, 2020

Can India Organize Post-COVID–19 Global Action?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Does India have a post-pandemic template for global leadership in the 21st century?
From Iran’s Hot Zone, Afghans Flee Home, Spreading Virus
April 06, 2020

From Iran’s Hot Zone, Afghans Flee Home, Spreading Virus

By Associated Press
"This virus is like the wind," said one returnee. "You do not know where it comes from and how you get infected." 

Sikkim Glaciers Melting Faster Than Other Himalayan Regions
April 06, 2020

Sikkim Glaciers Melting Faster Than Other Himalayan Regions

By StoriesAsia
Glaciers in the small Indian state are experiencing a massive threat.

How a Tiny South Indian State Is Using Transmedia Storytelling to Fight COVID-19 
April 04, 2020

How a Tiny South Indian State Is Using Transmedia Storytelling to Fight COVID-19 

By Mufsin Puthan Purayil and Sayani Malakar
Creating relevant content, available through multiple platforms, is helping Kerala combat the coronavirus.

Mosques Stay Open in Pakistan Even as Virus Death Toll Rises
April 03, 2020

Mosques Stay Open in Pakistan Even as Virus Death Toll Rises

By Associated Press
Mosques remain open in Pakistan, even as they have been shut down across much of the Middle East and elsewhere. 

Rohingya Refugees in India Fear Dying of Hunger Before Being Killed By Coronavirus 
April 03, 2020

Rohingya Refugees in India Fear Dying of Hunger Before Being Killed By Coronavirus 

By Tasnim Nazeer
“Our people will die of hunger before they are killed by the coronavirus if we don’t get enough help."
Virus Lockdown Changes How Hindus Celebrate Holy Period
April 03, 2020

Virus Lockdown Changes How Hindus Celebrate Holy Period

By Associated Press
Devout Hindus are adapting to religious practice under lockdown.

Pakistan Court Overturns Conviction in Death of Daniel Pearl
April 03, 2020

Pakistan Court Overturns Conviction in Death of Daniel Pearl

By Associated Press
The court instead found Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh guilty of the lesser charge of kidnapping.

How Is COVID-19 Reshaping China-India Relations?
April 02, 2020

How Is COVID-19 Reshaping China-India Relations?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The global pandemic has hit amid the 70th anniversary mark for relations and affected perceptions and realities in ties.  

The Idea of India—And a Transition Toward Violent, Exclusionary Nationalism
April 02, 2020

The Idea of India—And a Transition Toward Violent, Exclusionary Nationalism

By Nazir Ahmad and Muneeb Yousuf
What the nation meant for Tagore, Gandhi, and Nehru differs from what it means for the BJP and RSS.
Taliban Ready to Begin Cease-Fires in Virus-Hit Afghan Areas
April 02, 2020

Taliban Ready to Begin Cease-Fires in Virus-Hit Afghan Areas

By Associated Press
The announced followed a United Nations Security Council statement on Afghanistan.

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