South Asia Brief

Farmers chant slogans during a demonstration in New Delhi on Dec. 5.

Why India’s Farmers Are Protesting

An estimated 250 million workers participated in a national strike against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s farm reforms.

Crowds swarm the Sadar Bazar as people shop during the upcoming Diwali festival in Delhi on Nov. 13.

Winter and Air Pollution Raise Coronavirus Fears in South Asia

Studies suggest heightened risks from pollution are common in major cities in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Bharatiya Janata Party workers after a resounding victory in the Bihar state assembly election in New Delhi on Nov. 11.

Trump May Have Lost, but Modi Is Still Winning

A surprising state electoral victory underscores the enduring popularity of India’s prime minister.

A motorist rides past a poster of U.S. Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris at her ancestral village of Thulasendrapuram, Tamil Nadu, India, on Nov. 3.

What the U.S. Elections Mean for India

Would Biden and Modi get along? While much is made of leaders’ personal chemistry, the larger trend is that the world’s two biggest democracies are growing closer.

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the "Howdy, Modi!" event at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2019.

The Growing Importance of South Asians in U.S. Politics

Because 40 percent of immigrants from India arrived in the United States after 2010, their political impact is just beginning to be felt.

Activists from the newly-formed Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an opposition alliance of 11 parties, wave parties flags during the first public rally in Gujranwala, Pakistan, on Oct. 16. ober 16, 2020.

Why Pakistanis Are Daring to Criticize Their Military

Opposition parties have united to call for Imran Khan’s resignation—and for the army to stay out of politics.

Indian Hindu protesters hold placards as they take part in a rally in Ahmedabad, India, on July 22, 2018.

Why India Is Debating Secularism Again

A national jewelry brand withdrew an advertisement featuring an interfaith marriage after social media backlash.

Officials with a sniffer dog inspect a stage displaying pictures of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. President Donald Trump, and first lady Melania Trump, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, on Feb. 23.

Why the Quad Is the One Alliance Trump Cares About

The United States may shun multilateralism, but it is successfully uniting Australia, India, and Japan against China.

A community health care volunteer checks the temperature of a woman in Mumbai during testing for COVID-19.

India’s Dubious Coronavirus Record

With nearly 98,000 new cases recorded on Thursday, India will soon surpass the United States as the country most affected by the pandemic.

An Indian army convoy drives towards Leh, on a highway bordering China, on Sept. 2.

India and China Have a Trust Deficit

New Delhi and Beijing have had several opportunities to talk to each other. Neither side can reduce tensions until they improve trust and transparency.

India's Rapid Action Force personnel patrol a street in Bengaluru on Aug. 13, after a derogatory Facebook post about the prophet Mohammed sparked riots.

Why India Is Considering a Probe Into Facebook

A report suggests that the social media giant ignored its own hate speech rules to further its business. Now it faces a crisis in its biggest market.

Sen. Kamala Harris leaves the Capitol after the conclusion of Senate impeachment trial proceedings on Feb. 3.

What Kamala Harris Means for India

Indians are celebrating the rise of one of their own in the United States. But a Biden administration won’t give New Delhi a free pass.

Activists celebrate at the temple foundation laying ceremony on Aug. 5 in Ayodhya, India.

Modi Declares End to “Centuries of Waiting” for Hindus

By breaking ground on a controversial Hindu temple on the anniversary of the abrogation of Kashmir, New Delhi makes a big statement about secularism in India.

Security personnel patrol  in Srinagar on February 11, during a one-day strike to mark the anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Maqbool Bhat's death.

As India Marks Anniversary, Kashmir Is Still in the Dark

Aug. 5 marks one year since Modi revoked Kashmir’s special status. But Kashmiris will be mostly cut off—high-speed internet has been shut off to the region once again.

A military policeman checks his mobile phone while on duty at Rajpath road in New Delhi on July 22, 2020.

Asian Countries Are Waking Up to the Dangers of Social Media

Banning individual platforms is like a game of whack-a-mole. Coordinated and ethical regulations would make for smarter policy.

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