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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.

Indian Court Sentences Kashmiri Leader to Life in Prison
May 26, 2022

Indian Court Sentences Kashmiri Leader to Life in Prison

By Ashok Sharma and Aijaz Hussain
Yasin Malik led the banned Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front but subsequently shifted to peaceful means.

Indian Assistance to Sri Lanka: Lifeline or Chokehold?
May 25, 2022

Indian Assistance to Sri Lanka: Lifeline or Chokehold?

By Rathindra Kuruwita
India received many concessions from the Rajapaksas in recent years and has vested interests in the status quo.
Taliban Say Deal Signed With UAE Firm to Manage Airports
May 25, 2022

Taliban Say Deal Signed With UAE Firm to Manage Airports

By Rahim Faiez
However, the deal left more questions than answers, as Qatar and Turkey were in line to run the airports.

What Lies Behind Modi’s Nepal Visit?
May 25, 2022

What Lies Behind Modi’s Nepal Visit?

By Bipin Ghimire and Apoorva Pathak
The choice to visit Lumbini for Buddha's birthday was carefully crafted both religiously and geopolitically.

Imagine a World Without the Taj Mahal
May 24, 2022

Imagine a World Without the Taj Mahal

By Muqtedar Khan
Will the Qutub Minar and the Taj Mahal too be destroyed by Hindutva vandals like the 500-old Babri Masjid and replaced with temples?

Bulldozers Emerge as an Important Weapon in BJP’s Anti-Muslim Arsenal
May 23, 2022

Bulldozers Emerge as an Important Weapon in BJP’s Anti-Muslim Arsenal

By Kavita Chowdhury
The demolition of properties owned by Muslims was electorally rewarded in Uttar Pradesh. The tactic is being adopted in other parts of India now too.

India’s Hindutva Groups Have the Gyanvapi Mosque in Their Crosshairs
May 21, 2022

India’s Hindutva Groups Have the Gyanvapi Mosque in Their Crosshairs

By Tarushi Aswani
Hindutva groups are laying claim to a growing number of sites where Muslim monuments and mosques stand, arguing that temples once stood on the same land.
Is Gwadar’s New Development Prepared to Handle Its Weather?
May 21, 2022

Is Gwadar’s New Development Prepared to Handle Its Weather?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Gwadar often sees intense seasonal rains that can cause flooding. Recent CPEC-linked development in the rapidly growing city may be making that problem worse.

China Becomes Wild Card in Sri Lanka’s Debt Crisis
May 20, 2022

China Becomes Wild Card in Sri Lanka’s Debt Crisis

By Bharatha Mallawarachi, Krutika Pathi and Joe McDonald
Beijing has promised to “play a positive role” in talks with the IMF and offered Colombo more loans but is reluctant to cut its debt.

Rains Submerge Infrastructure in India’s Northeast
May 20, 2022

Rains Submerge Infrastructure in India’s Northeast

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
Will this be the fate too of roads and rails planned to link this landlocked region with South and Southeast Asia?

Pakistan’s Relations With Taliban Regime Worsen
May 19, 2022

Pakistan’s Relations With Taliban Regime Worsen

By Kathy Gannon
The Afghan Taliban prefer to broker peace rather than crack the whip on the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Pakistan’s New Government Mends Ties With the US
May 19, 2022

Pakistan’s New Government Mends Ties With the US

By Umair Jamal
Rapprochement could help ease Pakistan’s troubles with negotiating loans from the IMF.

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