South Asia Brief

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.

Cyclists pass a Jio store in Kolkata on July 13, 2020.

Why Google and Facebook Are Racing to Invest in India

It’s not just about tapping into a growing digital market. Indian companies are expanding Western partnerships to keep China out.

A worker walks inside a COVID Care Centre with the capacity of 10,100 beds at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, in Bangalore on July 7, 2020.

Is India the Next Coronavirus Hotspot?

The world’s largest democracy surpasses Russia to become the country with the third-highest number of COVID-19 cases. Pakistan and Bangladesh are seeing increases, too.

People burn posters with the logo of the Chinese- owned video-sharing app TikTok in Hyderabad, India, on June 30.

Why Is India Banning China’s TikTok?

The world’s two biggest internet markets are in conflict, as New Delhi finds a new arena for its skirmishes with Beijing.

A trader shuts his shop in a commercial area closed by the authorities as coronavirus cases rise in Bengaluru on June 25.

The Pandemic Is Reversing Decades of Progress

A new report warns that 120 million children in South Asia could fall into poverty this year because of lockdowns—and tens of thousands could die from disease.

Indian Border Security Force soldiers guard a highway leading towards Leh, bordering China, in Gagangir, India, on June 17.

India and China Step Back From the Brink—for Now

New Delhi and Beijing are making conciliatory statements, but the long-term trendlines remain worrying.

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