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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.

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India’s Struggle Between Democracy and Authoritarianism
June 29, 2022

India’s Struggle Between Democracy and Authoritarianism

By Muqtedar Khan
The state, its judiciary, and law enforcement agencies have been captured in the service of communal politics.
Hindu Man Killed as Religious Tensions Boil in India
June 29, 2022

Hindu Man Killed as Religious Tensions Boil in India

By Sheikh Saaliq and Krutika Pathi
The killing, which follows a string of attacks by Hindu nationalists on religious minorities, represents a dramatic escalation of communal violence in the country.

Co-Founder of Fact-Checking Website Arrested in India
June 29, 2022

Co-Founder of Fact-Checking Website Arrested in India

By Sudha Ramachandran
Mohammed Zubair’s work, which was critical of the government and outed peddlers of fake news, seems to have ruffled feathers.

Pakistani Court Sentences Militant Linked to 2008 Mumbai Attacks
June 28, 2022

Pakistani Court Sentences Militant Linked to 2008 Mumbai Attacks

By Munir Ahmed and Asim Tanveer
Sajid Mir's sentencing could be part of part of Pakistan’s efforts to get off the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force.

Can Pakistan Weaken the Growing India-Taliban Outreach?
June 28, 2022

Can Pakistan Weaken the Growing India-Taliban Outreach?

By Umair Jamal
Islamabad is reported to have asked its missions in Afghanistan to highlight ideological and political contradictions between India and the Taliban.
Destruction Everywhere, Help Scarce After Afghanistan Quake
June 28, 2022

Destruction Everywhere, Help Scarce After Afghanistan Quake

By Ebrahim Noroozi and Rahim Faiez
In Afghanistan, those who were barely scraping by have lost everything to the recent earthquake.

Sri Lanka Sends 2 Ministers to Russia to Negotiate for Oil
June 27, 2022

Sri Lanka Sends 2 Ministers to Russia to Negotiate for Oil

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
It comes amid a high-level U.S. delegation’s visit to Sri Lanka to help it cope with the unprecedented economic crisis.
New Military Recruitment Scheme Roils India
June 27, 2022

New Military Recruitment Scheme Roils India

By Kavita Chowdhury
Under the scheme, soldiers recruited to non-officer ranks will serve for four years only and be denied pension.

India Strengthens Its Position in Sri Lanka Vis-à-Vis Rival China
June 25, 2022

India Strengthens Its Position in Sri Lanka Vis-à-Vis Rival China

By P.K. Balachandran
By offering support during Colombo’s economic collapse, India has widened its footprint in Sri Lanka after a decade of losing ground to China.

India Prepares to Elect Its 15th President
June 24, 2022

India Prepares to Elect Its 15th President

By Tarushi Aswani
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate, Draupadi Murmu, who is a tribal woman, is poised to win.

India-Nepal Diplomatic Relations at 75: Full of Contradictions
June 23, 2022

India-Nepal Diplomatic Relations at 75: Full of Contradictions

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The two countries share strong cultural, religious, political, and economic ties. The same issues can pull them apart.
Nepal Backs Away From US State Partnership Program
June 22, 2022

Nepal Backs Away From US State Partnership Program

By P.K. Balachandran
Suspicious about the military content and wary of antagonizing China, Nepal rejects a U.S. disaster mitigation program.   

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