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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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Sailors Become Biggest Cluster of Infections in Sri Lanka
April 30, 2020

Sailors Become Biggest Cluster of Infections in Sri Lanka

By Associated Press
Out of 30 cases discovered in the last 24 hours, 22 are navy sailors.
The Battles That Can Cost South Asia the War Against COVID-19
April 30, 2020

The Battles That Can Cost South Asia the War Against COVID-19

By Said Sabir Ibrahimi and Syed Mafiz Kamal
Communal tensions, misinformation, and poverty: across South Asia, governments are facing similar issues in their COVID-19 responses.

Afghan Officials: Suicide Bomber Kills 3 Civilians in Kabul
April 29, 2020

Afghan Officials: Suicide Bomber Kills 3 Civilians in Kabul

By Associated Press
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Afghan officials have blamed the Taliban.

Imran Khan Appoints the Pakistani Military’s Former Media Chief as Special Assistant
April 29, 2020

Imran Khan Appoints the Pakistani Military’s Former Media Chief as Special Assistant

By Umair Jamal
Imran Khan brings in a former ISPR chief to ramp up his government’s information game.

US Religious Freedom Watchdog Highlights ‘Campaigns of Harassment and Violence’ Against Minorities in India
April 29, 2020

US Religious Freedom Watchdog Highlights ‘Campaigns of Harassment and Violence’ Against Minorities in India

By Ankit Panda
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom gave India its lowest rating in the annual report for 2020.
Bangladesh Reopens 600 Apparel Factories Despite Virus Risk
April 29, 2020

Bangladesh Reopens 600 Apparel Factories Despite Virus Risk

By Associated Press
The critical economic sector is slowly returning to normal amid concerns of renewed outbreaks.

Afghanistan Sees Drop in Civilian Casualties, But Threat Remains Serious
April 27, 2020

Afghanistan Sees Drop in Civilian Casualties, But Threat Remains Serious

By Catherine Putz
The UN says more than 500 civilians were killed in the first three months of 2020 and urged a ceasefire so the country can focus on fighting COVID-19.
Greening the Nepali Financial Sector: Strike While the Iron Is Hot
April 27, 2020

Greening the Nepali Financial Sector: Strike While the Iron Is Hot

By Prajwal Baral
Nepal's economic policy makers must seize the moment to prepare for a green revolution.

Which Indian Opposition Politician Has the Best Chance of Defeating Narendra Modi?
April 27, 2020

Which Indian Opposition Politician Has the Best Chance of Defeating Narendra Modi?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
India’s main opposition party today lacks a leader who could challenge Narendra Modi. Who would stand a better chance?

India’s COVID–19 Gender Blind Spot
April 27, 2020

India’s COVID–19 Gender Blind Spot

By Bansari Kamdar
India’s women stand to lose from the country‘s COVID–19 policies in many ways.

How Can Indians Secure ‘Direct’ Welfare in a Pandemic?
April 25, 2020

How Can Indians Secure ‘Direct’ Welfare in a Pandemic?

By Mohammad Hamza Farooqui and Avantika Shrivastava
It might be too early to treat direct benefit transfers as a one-size-fits-all policy solution given the difficulties some Indians have in accessing cash.
Does COVID-19 Portend Dark Days in Nepal’s Future?
April 24, 2020

Does COVID-19 Portend Dark Days in Nepal’s Future?

By David Johnson
With a global economic slow-down and potentially millions of foreign workers returning home, Nepal could be on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

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