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Indian military recruits during a parade near Srinagar, India, on March 4, 2015. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images)

Is India Starting to Flex Its Military Muscles?

A new willingness to use force beyond its borders suggests that a sleeping giant may be awakening.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) addresses demonstrators on Kashmir Solidarity day in Lahore on February 5, 2015. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Is Inviting Its Favorite Jihadis Into Parliament

It might seem like the Pakistani military is trying to defang its ostensible adversaries. It's really trying to empower them.

Vice-president of Google for South East Asia and India Rajan Anandan speaks during the launch of the Google 'Tez' mobile app for digital payments in New Delhi on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN        (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has Started a Brain Drain Back to India

Indian immigrants are a vital pillar of the U.S. economy, but they're starting to reconsider their options.

Indian workers check newly built toilets in the stockyard of a factory in Morbi, some 230km from Ahmedabad, on November 18, 2016, on the eve of World Toilet Day.
World Toilet Day (WTD), held on November 19 each year, is a campaign held around the world to mobilize people over issues surrounding health and sanitation. / AFP / SAM PANTHAKY        (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Caste Is Stunting All of India’s Children

Fears of impurity continue to steer Indians away from toilets — and towards deadly fecal germs.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers deployed for United Nations (UN) peace keeping missions line up at their base in China's central Henan province before being sent to Africa, 15 September 2007. China will send a 315-member UN multi-functional engineering unit to the Dafur region of Sudan in October  to build and maintain barracks, roads, helipads and bridges.  AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

The China-India Border Standoff: What Does Beijing Want?

And why has the Trump administration been so conspicuously silent in supporting a key ally?

Chinese women with flotation rings adorned with colours of the US flag stand on the beach in Qingdao, eastern China's Shandong province on July 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

The Decline of the Western Tourist

Citizens of China, India, and other emerging markets are traveling for pleasure in ever greater numbers — and the rest of the world is competing for their money.

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Trump’s Presidential Afghanistan Speech

Details may be slim, but the president nailed the "why" of America's longest war — and boldly went against his political base.

SRINAGAR, INDIA:  An Indian Hindu pilgrim begins his trek to one of the holiest Hindu shrines at the Amarath cave situated at a height of 3,800 meters (12,800 feet) in Indian Kashmir, 09 June 2006. Last year more than 400,000 Hindus made the holy hike over glaciers and along narrow paths overhanging deep gorges to offer prayers to an ice stalagmite they believe depicts Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. AFP PHOTO/STR  (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists

Pilgrims headed to the divided region of Kashmir get armed guards and national encouragement — if they're Hindu.

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Will China and India Go to War Over This Tiny 12-Mile Strip of Land?

India is trying to shield a narrow chokepoint from Chinese encroachment.

Members of a police SWAT team lineup outside the main Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during security drill rehearsals on July 23, 2008 in Beijing. The 2008 Olympics' security chief has said that Beijing can stage a fun Olympics as well as a safe one, in response to charges that a massive security clampdown was squeezing the joy out of the Games. More than 110,000 troops and police were engaged in security and were joined by hundreds of thousands of volunteers and that millions of Beijing residents had also been roped into the operation. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hostage Taking Is China’s Small-Claims Court

Everyone in China — including the police — treats kidnapping as just the price of doing business.

Indian workers stand alongside the FDN-2 Indian Navy floating dock as it is launched at a shipyard in Chennai on June 20, 2017.
Indian-designed and constructed, the platform is capable of   docking warships of up to 8000 tons to enable repair and maintenance work. / AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR        (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Who Will Win the Great China-India Naval War of 2020?

As the two giants stare each other down in the Himalayas, the real conflict may erupt at sea.

To go with India-China-military-diplomacy,FOCUS by Pratap Chakravarty  (FILES) In this file photograph taken on July 4, 2006, an Indian soldier communicates with colleagues on a walkie talkie at Nathula Gate, leading to the Nathu La border crossing between India and China, some 50 kms (31 miles) east of Sikkim state capital Gangtok.  A recent Chinese think-tank suggestion that India should be broken up into smaller states has touched a raw nerve in India and highlighted the prickly relations between the giant neighbours. Fears of India's vulnerability were heightened by naval chief Sureesh Mehta admitting on August 10, 2009 that India could not compete with China on defense spending and warned Beijing was "creating formidable military capabilities." AFP PHOTO/FILES/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo credit should read DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)

How Long Can China and India Avoid War in the Himalayas?

The Doklam crisis shows how quickly a conflict could blow up between Asia's giants.

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India and China Still at Standoff, Kushner Speaks to Senators: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead

What you might have missed in the past few days, and what to watch in those to come.

Abdul Karim from Nigeria pursues a B.Sc in Information Technology from NIMS, Jaipur.

Out of India

A wave of brutal violence against visiting college students is forcing the country to examine its racism problem.

An election official checks identification outside of a polling area in Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, on May 14, 2017. (Photo Credit: TIM BOWDEN)

Nepal’s Oligarchy Isn’t Earthquake-Proof

A 2015 disaster devastated the country — and paved the way for this year's breakthrough elections.

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