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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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After Supreme Court Ruling, Thousands Celebrate Reinstatement of Nepal’s Parliament
February 25, 2021

After Supreme Court Ruling, Thousands Celebrate Reinstatement of Nepal’s Parliament

By Associated Press
The prime minister’s decision to dissolve the legislature has been overturned by the court after months of mass protests.
Imran Khan’s Sri Lanka Visit: Progress Amid Constraints
February 25, 2021

Imran Khan’s Sri Lanka Visit: Progress Amid Constraints

By Umair Jamal
Colombo has offered Khan a symbolically warm welcome but not afforded him opportunities to raise concerns about India -- or Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority.

Indian Businesses Need to Take Action on the Myanmar Coup
February 24, 2021

Indian Businesses Need to Take Action on the Myanmar Coup

By Angshuman Choudhury
Indian companies must suspend all commercial relationships with the Myanmar military.

Gateway to India’s Northeast Faces Danger of Elephant Invasion
February 23, 2021

Gateway to India’s Northeast Faces Danger of Elephant Invasion

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
Rampant illegal encroachment of land along with depleting forest cover has led to a perilous situation in Guwahati.

What Has the US Learned About Supporting Afghanistan’s Women?
February 23, 2021

What Has the US Learned About Supporting Afghanistan’s Women?

By Catherine Putz
Firstly, the country's cultural context cannot be ignored.
India Sees New Lockdowns as Coronavirus Cases Rise Again
February 22, 2021

India Sees New Lockdowns as Coronavirus Cases Rise Again

By Associated Press
The spike has been most pronounced in the western state of Maharashtra.

Bangladesh’s Deafening Silence on the Myanmar Coup
February 22, 2021

Bangladesh’s Deafening Silence on the Myanmar Coup

By Shakil Bin Mushtaq
Dhaka’s plans for resolution of the Rohingya crisis, and its broader relations with Myanmar, remain something of a mystery.
Kerala and COVID: From Bright Spot to Black Sheep?
February 19, 2021

Kerala and COVID: From Bright Spot to Black Sheep?

By Sudha Ramachandran
The southern Indian state’s pandemic response has faltered in the recent months, despite early successes.

NATO Chief Dismisses Early Pullout of Afghan Troop Trainers
February 18, 2021

NATO Chief Dismisses Early Pullout of Afghan Troop Trainers

By Associated Press
"Our presence in Afghanistan is conditions based, and Taliban has to meet their commitments," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Fishing in Troubled Waters: The Palk Strait Dispute Flares Up
February 18, 2021

Fishing in Troubled Waters: The Palk Strait Dispute Flares Up

By Jeevethan Selvachandran
The lack of a well-defined maritime boundary, along with heightened surveillance, is compounding India-Sri Lanka tensions.

India’s Foreign Secretary in Russia to Keep Marriage of Necessity on Track
February 17, 2021

India’s Foreign Secretary in Russia to Keep Marriage of Necessity on Track

By Abhijnan Rej
Beyond flowery rhetoric and arms deals, New Delhi has extremely valid reasons to keep relations with Moscow on an even keel.
How India is Trying to Police the Internet
February 17, 2021

How India is Trying to Police the Internet

By Mohamed Zeeshan
As the Indian government’s actions during the farmers’ protest demonstrate, it is keen on curbing unfavorable opinion online. And existing laws may be enabling it.

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