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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.

For Love of Urdu: Language and the Legacies of Jinnah and Nehru
January 28, 2022

For Love of Urdu: Language and the Legacies of Jinnah and Nehru

By Shahzaman Haque
That the two founding figures of Indian and Pakistani independence were united by a shared love of Urdu speaks eloquently of the language’s rich history.

India, Central Asian Leaders Discuss Aid to Afghanistan
January 28, 2022

India, Central Asian Leaders Discuss Aid to Afghanistan

By Ashok Sharma
At a recent virtual summit, India and five Central Asian countries decided to form joint working groups on Afghanistan and Chabahar port.
India’s Descent Into a Spiral of Genocidal Hate
January 28, 2022

India’s Descent Into a Spiral of Genocidal Hate

By Kavita Chowdhury
‘Trads,’ or traditionalists, are highly radicalized members of the Hindutva hate machine who are openly calling for the genocide of Muslims.

As Temperatures Drop, the Death Toll Climbs in Afghanistan
January 27, 2022

As Temperatures Drop, the Death Toll Climbs in Afghanistan

By Kathy Gannon
Without food or fuel, many Afghans will die of hunger and cold this winter.

Skeletons Are Tumbling Out of India’s COVID-19 Closet
January 25, 2022

Skeletons Are Tumbling Out of India’s COVID-19 Closet

By Sudha Ramachandran
Not only did the Modi government refuse to admit that the pandemic had entered the community transmission stage in March 2020 but it also grossly under-reported COVID deaths.

Without Vaccine Equity, the World Could Remain Stuck in Pandemic Limbo
January 25, 2022

Without Vaccine Equity, the World Could Remain Stuck in Pandemic Limbo

By Niha Dagia
On the cusp of a triumph over the coronavirus, the world snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

China Fertilizer Spat Underlines Sri Lanka’s Struggles With International Trade Deals
January 25, 2022

China Fertilizer Spat Underlines Sri Lanka’s Struggles With International Trade Deals

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Sri Lanka has a lot to learn about entering agreements with  international companies – and the repercussions of violating them.
Taliban Hold First Talks in Europe Since Afghan Takeover
January 25, 2022

Taliban Hold First Talks in Europe Since Afghan Takeover

By David Keyton
The talks with European and U.S. representatives are expected to cover everything from education to humanitarian aid to greater inclusivity.

Taliban’s Victory, Baloch Militancy, and Pakistan’s Choices
January 24, 2022

Taliban’s Victory, Baloch Militancy, and Pakistan’s Choices

By Umair Jamal
The first six months of Taliban rule show that the group has not delivered on any of Pakistan’s concerns.

Why Is India Unable to Check Illegal Coal Mining in Assam’s Rainforests?
January 24, 2022

Why Is India Unable to Check Illegal Coal Mining in Assam’s Rainforests?

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
A politician-official-trader nexus has kept the illegal activity alive for decades.

In Kashmir, India Batters Press Freedom – And Journalists
January 24, 2022

In Kashmir, India Batters Press Freedom – And Journalists

By Aijaz Hussain and Sheikh Saaliq
The silencing of the press in Indian-controlled Kashmir intensified last week, with the closure of the Kashmir Valley's only independent press club.
Taliban Storm Kabul Apartment, Arrest Activist and Her Sisters
January 22, 2022

Taliban Storm Kabul Apartment, Arrest Activist and Her Sisters

By Kathy Gannon
The activist, Tamana Zaryabi Paryani, was among about 25 women who took part in an anti-Taliban protest on Sunday against the compulsory Islamic headscarf, or hijab, for women.

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