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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.

September 24, 2019

The Rise of Indie Music in India

By StoriesAsia
Independent Indian artists are sweeping the music industry.

September 23, 2019

After Ghotki, Pakistan Should Abandon its Glorification of Temple Vandalizers

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The abandonment of the Islamist narrative has long been an existential question for Pakistan.
September 20, 2019

Fixing Afghanistan’s Security of Tenure Crisis

By Ahmad Bilal Khalil and Noorullah Farajid
85 percent of urban properties in Afghanistan’s largest cities are vulnerable, their tenants lacking security of tenure.

September 20, 2019

The Deafening Silence of Pakistani Jihadists and Radicals on China's Uyghurs

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The position of radical groups on Xinjiang shows which ones are closer to the establishment.

September 19, 2019

Citizenship, Identity and Nepal’s Contested 2015 Constitution

By Nirnaya Bhatta and Maximillian Morch
The 2015 Constitution failed to address the demands of Madhesi and indigenous populations.

September 17, 2019

India Arrests Senior Kashmiri Leader Farooq Abdullah Under Controversial Law

By Sheikh Saaliq
Abdullah is the first pro-India Kashmiri politician to be detained under the Public Safety Act.
September 17, 2019

Kashmir’s Shia Students Speak Out Against the Loss of State Autonomy

By Tapasya
Kashmir’s Shias feel a particular sense of vulnerability as minorities.

September 13, 2019

Why Imran Khan's 'Kashmir Hour' Fell Flat

By Daud Khattak
Why did the Pakistani prime minister's efforts appear to falter?

September 12, 2019

4 New Data Protection Trends in India Jeopardize Innovation

By Nikhil Sud
A draft data protection bill may put a straightjacket on innovation in India.

September 12, 2019

With India’s Economy Facing a Slowdown, What Tools Does the Modi Government Have?

By Aman Thakker
India’s economy is running into headwinds.

September 10, 2019

Trump's US-Taliban Move Pushes Afghans Toward Fragile Vote

By Cara Anna
The September 28 election couldn’t happen at a more difficult time.
September 10, 2019

What the Apparent Collapse of Afghan Peace Talks Means for Pakistan

By Umair Jamal
How will Islamabad adapt to Trump’s latest sudden move?

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