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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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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.

Why India Needs to Draw the Line With China: The Geopolitics of the Sino-Indian Skirmish
June 23, 2020

Why India Needs to Draw the Line With China: The Geopolitics of the Sino-Indian Skirmish

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
India needs to draw the right lessons from the Galwan Valley skirmish.

Governing Ineffectively: Has Pakistan’s Ruling Party Turned a Health Crisis Into a Political Crisis?
June 23, 2020

Governing Ineffectively: Has Pakistan’s Ruling Party Turned a Health Crisis Into a Political Crisis?

By Umair Jamal
Pakistan’s political crisis is deepening with the rise of COVID-19 cases.

Suspension of Indian Labor Laws to Hurt Low-Income Workers
June 23, 2020

Suspension of Indian Labor Laws to Hurt Low-Income Workers

By Adil Bhat
Proposed changes to India’s labor laws are both a COVID-19 mitigation measure and a step backwards.
As Virus Cases Soar, Pakistan Says It Must Keep Its Economy Open
June 23, 2020

As Virus Cases Soar, Pakistan Says It Must Keep Its Economy Open

By Associated Press
The Pakistani government is dealing with serious economic challenges.

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