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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.

Should India Allow the Taliban Regime to Station Its Envoy in Delhi?
February 03, 2023

Should India Allow the Taliban Regime to Station Its Envoy in Delhi?

By Sudha Ramachandran
Allowing the Taliban to send an ambassador would amount to according to a terrorist organization a measure of recognition.

Does Anyone Want to Solve the Rohingya Crisis?
February 02, 2023

Does Anyone Want to Solve the Rohingya Crisis?

By Anu Anwar
The long-simmering refugee crisis between Bangladesh and Myanmar is threatening to boil over into a conflict. But it seems none of the regional powers are paying attention.
Militant Who Killed 101 at Pakistan Mosque Wore Uniform
February 02, 2023

Militant Who Killed 101 at Pakistan Mosque Wore Uniform

By Riaz Khan
Footage released by police shows the suspected bomber disguised as a policeman walking toward the compound with a motorcycle.

Taliban Asks Pakistan Not to Blame Them for Violence at Home
February 02, 2023

Taliban Asks Pakistan Not to Blame Them for Violence at Home

By Rahim Faiez
Earlier Pakistan’s defense minister had blamed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan for the attack in Peshawar and claimed it operates from Afghanistan.

Pakistan Scrambles for New Approach Against TTP After Peshawar Attack
February 01, 2023

Pakistan Scrambles for New Approach Against TTP After Peshawar Attack

By Umair Jamal
Islamabad will need to focus on the TTP and the terrorism problem rather than be diverted by provincial elections at this point.

Modi Government Raises Spending on Job Creation Ahead of Election
February 01, 2023

Modi Government Raises Spending on Job Creation Ahead of Election

By Krutika Pathi
While the budget provides respite to the middle class through tax relief measures, the 30 percent cut in spending on rural jobs programs will hurt the poor in India’s villages.

What Did India’s Congress Party Achieve With Its 4,000-km ‘Unity’ March?
February 01, 2023

What Did India’s Congress Party Achieve With Its 4,000-km ‘Unity’ March?

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The rally may have reshaped leader Rahul Gandhi’s image, but will other opposition parties rally behind him and his party?
China’s Panicked Reaction to Sri Lanka’s Invitation to the Dalai Lama
February 01, 2023

China’s Panicked Reaction to Sri Lanka’s Invitation to the Dalai Lama

By Sudha Ramachandran
Its charge d’affaires in Colombo raced to Kandy to warn a top Buddhist monk of damage to bilateral relations if the Tibetan leader visited the island.

What Does a New IMF Loan Mean for Bangladesh?
February 01, 2023

What Does a New IMF Loan Mean for Bangladesh?

By Ashraful Alam Chowdhury
The loan was largely a precautionary measure, but Bangladesh must ensure the additional funds truly benefit the economy over the long term.

Richest Asian Gautam Adani Battered in Stock Market Rout
January 31, 2023

Richest Asian Gautam Adani Battered in Stock Market Rout

By Krutika Pathi
U.S.-based Hindenburg Research accused the billionaire businessman, who is said to have close ties to India’s prime minister, of "pulling the largest con in corporate history.”

India’s G20 Presidency: Decoding the Digital Technology Agenda
January 30, 2023

India’s G20 Presidency: Decoding the Digital Technology Agenda

By Sharinee L. Jagtiani and David Hagebölling
India is making digital technology governance a centerpiece of its G-20 presidency. It is a stark signpost of its aspirations as a global digital leader.
India Has Lost Access to 26 of 65 Patrolling Points in Ladakh, Says Research Paper
January 30, 2023

India Has Lost Access to 26 of 65 Patrolling Points in Ladakh, Says Research Paper

By Sudha Ramachandran
Far from giving a “fitting reply” to the PLA’s advance into Indian-controlled territory, the Modi government’s response has been timid.

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