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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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COVID-19 and Shrinking Press Freedom in India
May 29, 2020

COVID-19 and Shrinking Press Freedom in India

By Bansari Kamdar
Amid the pandemic, India’s crackdown on press freedom continues unabated.
Virus, Heat Wave and Locusts Form Perfect Storm in India
May 29, 2020

Virus, Heat Wave and Locusts Form Perfect Storm in India

By Associated Press
Scorching temperatures and rampaging locusts contribute to India’s woes on top of the pandemic.

Swarms of Desert Locusts Threaten India’s Summer Crops
May 28, 2020

Swarms of Desert Locusts Threaten India’s Summer Crops

By Associated Press
The locusts threaten food security in India.

Pakistan Plans Another COVID-19 Lockdown. Will It Work?
May 28, 2020

Pakistan Plans Another COVID-19 Lockdown. Will It Work?

By Umair Jamal
Will Islamabad be able to bring the pandemic under control?

With Test Results Lost, an Afghan Family Fell to Virus
May 27, 2020

With Test Results Lost, an Afghan Family Fell to Virus

By Associated Press
A broken-down health system, slow government response and public attitudes have left Afghanistan deeply vulnerable to the global pandemic. 
How India’s Elite Competition Poisoned the Internet
May 27, 2020

How India’s Elite Competition Poisoned the Internet

By Pallavi Shahi
Ever wonder why India has so many internet shutdowns? It’s because, to an increasing degree, online discourse is being used to incite real-world violence.

Afghanistan Has Another Power-Sharing Deal. Can This One Last?
May 26, 2020

Afghanistan Has Another Power-Sharing Deal. Can This One Last?

By Hadia Haqparast
To avoid another political crisis in Afghanistan, we need to draw lessons from the National Unity Government (NUG).
India’s Leadership in the WHO: What To (and What Not To) Expect
May 26, 2020

India’s Leadership in the WHO: What To (and What Not To) Expect

By Roger C. Liu
How much India is willing to join hands with the West and further pressure China on COVID-19 can determine the course of events.

Pakistan Jet With 98 Aboard Crashes in Crowded Neighborhood
May 23, 2020

Pakistan Jet With 98 Aboard Crashes in Crowded Neighborhood

By Associated Press
The aircraft crashed in a residential area of Karachi.

Understanding Pakistan’s Take on India-Taliban Talks
May 23, 2020

Understanding Pakistan’s Take on India-Taliban Talks

By Umair Jamal
Will Pakistan support India’s bid to establish ties with the Afghan Taliban?

COVID-19 Lockdown: India Needs Laws to Protect Domestic Workers 
May 23, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown: India Needs Laws to Protect Domestic Workers 

By Akanksha Khullar
The nationwide lockdown has aggravated the plight of domestic workers in India, and highlighted their lack of adequate rights.
India’s Northeast Hit By the African Swine Fever
May 22, 2020

India’s Northeast Hit By the African Swine Fever

By StoriesAsia
More than 14,000 pigs have died in Assam alone.

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