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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.

Vaccine Hesitancy Puts India’s Gains Against Virus at Risk
June 22, 2021

Vaccine Hesitancy Puts India’s Gains Against Virus at Risk

By Rajesh Kumar Singh
Misinformation and mistrust is fueling widespread vaccine hesitancy, particularly in rural areas where two-thirds of India’s nearly 1.4 billion population lives.

New Highs in Narcotics From Myanmar Flooding Assam
June 22, 2021

New Highs in Narcotics From Myanmar Flooding Assam

By Rajeev Bhattacharya
Brown sugar, Heroin no 4 and Yaba top the narcotics flowing into India from Myanmar
Prime Minister Modi Extends Kashmir an Olive Branch
June 21, 2021

Prime Minister Modi Extends Kashmir an Olive Branch

By Sudha Ramachandran
Modi's invitation for Jammu and Kashmir's political parties to attend a meeting in New Delhi is aimed at kick-starting the election process there.

India’s BJP and Congress Both Battling Political Infighting
June 17, 2021

India’s BJP and Congress Both Battling Political Infighting

By Asim Ali
While the BJP’s problems stem from excessive micromanaging by its leaders, the Congress’ woes arise from its weak leadership

Will Pakistan Get Off FATF’s Grey List?
June 17, 2021

Will Pakistan Get Off FATF’s Grey List?

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan may not get U.S. support at the upcoming FATF review meeting.

Attacks Target Polio Teams in East Afghanistan, 5 Killed
June 16, 2021

Attacks Target Polio Teams in East Afghanistan, 5 Killed

By Kathy Gannon and Tameem Akhgar
Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan are the only two remaining countries in the world where polio is endemic.

Why Are Indians So Angry at Bill Gates?
June 15, 2021

Why Are Indians So Angry at Bill Gates?

By Akshay Tarfe
The latest backlash against the Gates Foundation in India is the result of years' worth of concerns raised by human rights activists and civil society.
Poor Access to Safe Abortions Is Killing South Asian Women
June 15, 2021

Poor Access to Safe Abortions Is Killing South Asian Women

By Bansari Kamdar
Even in countries where abortion is legal, access to safe abortions remains challenging

Is Nepal Now Courting India and Ignoring China?
June 15, 2021

Is Nepal Now Courting India and Ignoring China?

By Bindesh Dahal and Arun Budhathoki
As Oli steers his party to the right to woo India's ruling BJP, China is courting Nepal's left wing.

Amid Tensions With China, India Proceeding With AIIB-funded Projects
June 14, 2021

Amid Tensions With China, India Proceeding With AIIB-funded Projects

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Despite China’s major role in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the bank is a multilateral institution and thus New Delhi remains a deeply involved member.

Why India’s Democracy is Not Dying
June 14, 2021

Why India’s Democracy is Not Dying

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Reports of the collapse of India’s democracy are often alarmist and misinformed.
India Breathes Easy With a Maldivian Becoming UNGA President
June 14, 2021

India Breathes Easy With a Maldivian Becoming UNGA President

By Sudha Ramachandran
India expects the coming year at the UNGA to be tension-free.

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