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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.

Sri Lanka Bows to Chinese Pressure Again
November 26, 2021

Sri Lanka Bows to Chinese Pressure Again

By Sudha Ramachandran
Colombo has agreed to pay millions of dollars to a Chinese company that has reportedly supplied it with contaminated organic fertilizer.

Could the Taliban Get India and Pakistan to Cooperate?
November 25, 2021

Could the Taliban Get India and Pakistan to Cooperate?

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan’s opening of the overland trade route to Indian humanitarian aid to Afghanistan came on the Taliban’s nudging.
Child Sexual Abuse is Still a ‘Less Serious’ Offense in India
November 24, 2021

Child Sexual Abuse is Still a ‘Less Serious’ Offense in India

By Kavita Chowdhury
There is a need for sensitization of judges to child rights and child abuse. Courts need to ensure that victims are not re-traumatized.

India Arrests Prominent Kashmiri Rights Activist Under Anti-Terror Law
November 23, 2021

India Arrests Prominent Kashmiri Rights Activist Under Anti-Terror Law

By Associated Press
Khurram Parvez has highlighted the culture of impunity and widespread rights abuses by Indian troops in the region.

Jobs Lost, Middle Class Afghans Slide Into Poverty, Hunger
November 23, 2021

Jobs Lost, Middle Class Afghans Slide Into Poverty, Hunger

By Lee Keath
In a matter of months, many stable, middle-class families have plummeted into desperation as Afghanistan's economy craters.

India’s Farmers Signal Lack of Trust in Modi Government
November 22, 2021

India’s Farmers Signal Lack of Trust in Modi Government

By Tarushi Aswani
Having reaped success in getting the government to roll back the farm laws, the protesting farmers are pushing for more.

IMF Deal With Pakistan Would Revive $6 Billion Bailout
November 22, 2021

IMF Deal With Pakistan Would Revive $6 Billion Bailout

By Munir Ahmed
Food prices have soared as a result of the Pakistani government implementing IMF conditions.
Pakistan’s Ruling Party Oblivious to People’s Economic Woes
November 19, 2021

Pakistan’s Ruling Party Oblivious to People’s Economic Woes

By Niha Dagia
The unprecedented misery of Pakistani citizens is aggravated by the lack of sympathy from the government as it refuses to accept its contribution to record inflation.

Modi Bows to Protesting Farmers to Repeal Farm Laws
November 19, 2021

Modi Bows to Protesting Farmers to Repeal Farm Laws

By Sheikh Saaliq
The announcement came ahead of key elections in states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

Calls for Fencing the India-Myanmar Border Gather Steam Again
November 18, 2021

Calls for Fencing the India-Myanmar Border Gather Steam Again

By Rajeev Bhattacharya
A deadly ambush of an Indian paramilitary convoy in Manipur by two separatist groups was reportedly planned and implemented from bases in Myanmar.

Police Detain Kin Seeking Bodies of Slain Kashmir Civilians
November 18, 2021

Police Detain Kin Seeking Bodies of Slain Kashmir Civilians

By Aijaz Hussain
Police say that the civilians died in the crossfire between government troops and rebels, but witnesses claim that the forces used them as human shields during the standoff.
COP26 Finds Its Scapegoats – India and China
November 17, 2021

COP26 Finds Its Scapegoats – India and China

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The main story at the end of the climate change meet should have been the lack of ambition of the advanced nations and their non-fulfilment of climate finance pledges.

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