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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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Militants Attack Karachi Stock Exchange, Killing at Least 3
June 29, 2020

Militants Attack Karachi Stock Exchange, Killing at Least 3

By Associated Press
The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack.
After a Pandemic Surge, Lockdown Returns to India’s Northeast
June 29, 2020

After a Pandemic Surge, Lockdown Returns to India’s Northeast

By StoriesAsia
The Indian state of Assam is resuming a lockdown amid concerns about the virus.

What Can India Offer Africa?
June 27, 2020

What Can India Offer Africa?

By Christian Kurzydlowski
Amid a growing rivalry with China, how can India set its African engagement strategy apart?

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Dubs Osama Bin Laden a ‘Martyr’: What Now?
June 26, 2020

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Dubs Osama Bin Laden a ‘Martyr’: What Now?

By Umair Jamal
The statement brings to the fore uncomfortable truths.

Fighting Gender Inequality in India During the COVID-19 Pandemic  
June 25, 2020

Fighting Gender Inequality in India During the COVID-19 Pandemic  

By M Niaz Asadullah and Kalyani Raghunathan
The pandemic will drive many women in India into poverty and food insecurity.
Why India and the United States Must Come Together
June 25, 2020

Why India and the United States Must Come Together

By Rupakjyoti Borah
India’s best bet in managing China is closer ties with the United States.

Pakistan Finds ‘Human Error’ in Deadly Karachi Plane Crash
June 25, 2020

Pakistan Finds ‘Human Error’ in Deadly Karachi Plane Crash

By Associated Press
The crash, which killed 97 people, was the result of pilot error, according to Pakistan’s investigation.
In Afghanistan, Healthcare Services Targeted for Attacks
June 24, 2020

In Afghanistan, Healthcare Services Targeted for Attacks

By Catherine Putz
In just over 10 weeks, amid a pandemic, a dozen attacks deliberately targeted healthcare workers or services in Afghanistan. 

Why COVID-19 Must Not Constrain Access to Abortion in India
June 24, 2020

Why COVID-19 Must Not Constrain Access to Abortion in India

By StoriesAsia
During the pandemic, India must ensure that access to critical women’s health facilities remain unimpeded.

India’s Education System Feels a Digital Divide Amid the Pandemic
June 24, 2020

India’s Education System Feels a Digital Divide Amid the Pandemic

By StoriesAsia
India’s strategy to provide online education in villages has a major blindspot.

How COVID-19 Worsens Gender Inequality in Nepal
June 23, 2020

How COVID-19 Worsens Gender Inequality in Nepal

By Luna K.C.
The pandemic will worsen existing gaps in women's education, income, and employment prospects.
No, the ‘Self-Reliant India Campaign’ Is Not About Protectionism
June 23, 2020

No, the ‘Self-Reliant India Campaign’ Is Not About Protectionism

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The campaign is a mixture of an anti-crisis packet and a continuation of liberalization measures.

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