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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.

Déjà Vu All Over Again in Pakistan
January 22, 2021

Déjà Vu All Over Again in Pakistan

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan’s opposition alliance accuses the ruling party of being close to India and Israel, as its movement show signs of petering out.

‘Timber Mafia’ From India Running Amok in Bhutan
January 21, 2021

‘Timber Mafia’ From India Running Amok in Bhutan

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
Illegal logging is depleting forest cover in the region, aggravating the fallout from climate change.
Indian Journalist’s WhatsApp Transcript Causes Storm in Teacup
January 18, 2021

Indian Journalist’s WhatsApp Transcript Causes Storm in Teacup

By Abhijnan Rej
The Indian opposition – and Pakistan – have found much to draw from a divisive TV anchor’s leaked chat messages, which seem to suggest foreknowledge of the 2019 Balakot attack.

India and the US: Ideological Convergence No More?
January 18, 2021

India and the US: Ideological Convergence No More?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
A new declassified document suggests that Washington sees New Delhi primarily as a security partner.

India and Nepal Hold Joint Meeting Amid Improvement in Ties
January 16, 2021

India and Nepal Hold Joint Meeting Amid Improvement in Ties

By Abhijnan Rej
The recent thaw in relations, however, does not mean Kathmandu is willing to budge on its boundary position.

The Makwanpur Model: Making Public Healthcare in Nepal Work
January 15, 2021

The Makwanpur Model: Making Public Healthcare in Nepal Work

By Chitij Karki and Harsh Mahaseth
Administrative decentralization has led to a vast improvement in the delivery of healthcare in Nepal. This is one district’s story.

Connectivity Gaining Greater Currency in India-Bangladesh Relations
January 14, 2021

Connectivity Gaining Greater Currency in India-Bangladesh Relations

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Bangladesh has expressed interest in the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway, despite slow progress made to date.
India’s Top Court Suspends Implementation of New Farm Laws
January 13, 2021

India’s Top Court Suspends Implementation of New Farm Laws

By Associated Press
The move comes after weeks of disruptive protests by Indian farmers.

Pakistan Continues to Sacrifice Shia Hazaras to Safeguard Jihadist ‘Assets’
January 13, 2021

Pakistan Continues to Sacrifice Shia Hazaras to Safeguard Jihadist ‘Assets’

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
A wide array of causes has led to Pakistan adopting a decades-old policy of appeasement toward anti-Shia militancy. The Hazaras pay the price.

Afghan Shiite Leader in Pakistan After Killings of Miners
January 13, 2021

Afghan Shiite Leader in Pakistan After Killings of Miners

By Associated Press
The Hazara miners were abducted and killed by militants from the Islamic State group in southwestern Balochistan province.

India Asks Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Government to Ensure Power Devolution
January 12, 2021

India Asks Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Government to Ensure Power Devolution

By Sudha Ramachandran
New Delhi has significant stakes in making sure the island nation's ethnic Tamil minority is not further marginalized.
Latest Phase of Intra-Afghan Peace Talks Off to Slow Start
January 12, 2021

Latest Phase of Intra-Afghan Peace Talks Off to Slow Start

By Catherine Putz
Agreeing on an agenda quill prove a difficult task, with the Afghan government prioritizing a ceasefire and the Taliban a political arrangement. 

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