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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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Pakistan Taliban Ends Ceasefire With Govt, Vows New Attacks
November 29, 2022

Pakistan Taliban Ends Ceasefire With Govt, Vows New Attacks

By Munir Ahmed
The announcement came a day before General Asim Munir takes charge as army chief.
Israeli Filmmaker’s Comments on Kashmir Film Stoke Controversy
November 29, 2022

Israeli Filmmaker’s Comments on Kashmir Film Stoke Controversy

By Sheikh Saliq
Filmaker Nadav Lapid’s comment that “The Kashmir Files” is a “vulgar movie” and “propaganda” evoked a sharp response from Israel's ambassador to India.

Nepali Voters Deliver a Fractured Mandate in Parliamentary Elections
November 29, 2022

Nepali Voters Deliver a Fractured Mandate in Parliamentary Elections

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
While the Nepali Congress won the most seats, the CPN-UML surged ahead to win the largest share of votes.

Can Narendra Modi Practice at Home What He Preaches Abroad?
November 28, 2022

Can Narendra Modi Practice at Home What He Preaches Abroad?

By Muqtedar Khan
Modi's silence on hate speech and calls for the genocide of Muslims indicates that he is okay with it. If not, why would he not say so?

India Engages Myanmar
November 26, 2022

India Engages Myanmar

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
What explains New Delhi’s greater engagement with the country's military government?
Gen. Munir’s Appointment as Army Chief Bodes Well for Pakistan
November 25, 2022

Gen. Munir’s Appointment as Army Chief Bodes Well for Pakistan

By Umair Jamal
The civilian leadership seems to have realized that merit and seniority rather than political considerations should determine the selection of the army chief.

India and ASEAN Upgrade Their Partnership
November 25, 2022

India and ASEAN Upgrade Their Partnership

By Rathindra Kuruwita
As comprehensive security partners, they can be expected to engage in deeper cooperation relating to maritime security and disaster risk reduction.
Pakistani PM Names Ex-Spy Master as New Army Chief
November 24, 2022

Pakistani PM Names Ex-Spy Master as New Army Chief

By Munir Ahmed
Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir, who was chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence when Imran Khan was prime minister, was sacked by the latter.

A New Entrant Complicates Electoral Equations in PM Modi’s Home State
November 24, 2022

A New Entrant Complicates Electoral Equations in PM Modi’s Home State

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The Aam Aadmi Party is expected to erode the support bases of the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress in Gujarat’s upcoming election.

India’s Tribes Seek Official Religion Status for Belief System
November 23, 2022

India’s Tribes Seek Official Religion Status for Belief System

By Sheikh Saliq
Apprehensions have grown over Hindu nationalist groups seeking to bring these nature worshippers into the Hindu fold.

How, and Why, the BJP Sometimes Courts Muslim Voters
November 23, 2022

How, and Why, the BJP Sometimes Courts Muslim Voters

By Anuttama Banerji
Despite its Hindutva ideology, in some states and some elections the BJP courts Muslim voters.
Kuki-Chin Refugees From Bangladesh Take Shelter in Mizoram
November 22, 2022

Kuki-Chin Refugees From Bangladesh Take Shelter in Mizoram

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
Military operations by Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion in the Chittagong Hill Tracts triggered the recent exodus to India.

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