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India and China, One Year After the Galwan Clash
June 16, 2021

India and China, One Year After the Galwan Clash

By Ankit Panda
Are New Delhi and Beijing in a new bilateral era?

Attacks Target Polio Teams in East Afghanistan, 5 Killed
June 16, 2021

Attacks Target Polio Teams in East Afghanistan, 5 Killed

By Kathy Gannon and Tameem Akhgar
Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan are the only two remaining countries in the world where polio is endemic.
Why Are Indians So Angry at Bill Gates?
June 15, 2021

Why Are Indians So Angry at Bill Gates?

By Akshay Tarfe
The latest backlash against the Gates Foundation in India is the result of years' worth of concerns raised by human rights activists and civil society.

Poor Access to Safe Abortions Is Killing South Asian Women
June 15, 2021

Poor Access to Safe Abortions Is Killing South Asian Women

By Bansari Kamdar
Even in countries where abortion is legal, access to safe abortions remains challenging

Bhutan’s Health Minister on Navigating the Pandemic as a Small State
June 15, 2021

Bhutan’s Health Minister on Navigating the Pandemic as a Small State

By Bansari Kamdar
Dechen Wangmo, the 44-year-old health minister of Bhutan and the newly elected president of the World Health Assembly, shares her goals for advancing world health.

Is Nepal Now Courting India and Ignoring China?
June 15, 2021

Is Nepal Now Courting India and Ignoring China?

By Bindesh Dahal and Arun Budhathoki
As Oli steers his party to the right to woo India's ruling BJP, China is courting Nepal's left wing.

Amid Tensions With China, India Proceeding With AIIB-funded Projects
June 14, 2021

Amid Tensions With China, India Proceeding With AIIB-funded Projects

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Despite China’s major role in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the bank is a multilateral institution and thus New Delhi remains a deeply involved member.
Why India’s Democracy is Not Dying
June 14, 2021

Why India’s Democracy is Not Dying

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Reports of the collapse of India’s democracy are often alarmist and misinformed.

India Breathes Easy With a Maldivian Becoming UNGA President
June 14, 2021

India Breathes Easy With a Maldivian Becoming UNGA President

By Sudha Ramachandran
India expects the coming year at the UNGA to be tension-free.

Nepal’s Leaders Must Put Aside Differences Amid COVID-19 Crisis
June 12, 2021

Nepal’s Leaders Must Put Aside Differences Amid COVID-19 Crisis

By Nirajan Thapaliya
For now, instead of endless politicking, Nepal’s leaders must put their differences aside and work together

India’s Submarine Saga
June 11, 2021

India’s Submarine Saga

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New Delhi approved a proposal to purchase six conventional submarines, but given past delays it’s not clear that India’s naval woes will dissipate anytime soon.
High-Profile Rape Trial Continues India’s Sordid Tradition of Victim-Blaming  
June 10, 2021

High-Profile Rape Trial Continues India’s Sordid Tradition of Victim-Blaming  

By Sudha Ramachandran
The judge’s report in the case against Tarun Tejpal sparked outrage for its misogynistic scrutiny of the plaintiff.

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