South Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018. During the visit, India signed a $5 billion deal to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems despite a U.S. law ordering sanctions on any country trading with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors.

Why India and Russia Are Going to Stay Friends

Conventional wisdom holds that New Delhi will turn to Washington as it increases competition with Beijing. But Moscow’s importance cannot be ignored.

A man stands in front of a billboard displaying an image of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing a scarf as a facemask.

The Coronavirus Is Hastening Modi’s Transformation of India

New Delhi is invoking the pandemic to accelerate its suppression of the press.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai greets a participant during the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives.

This Time, Russia Is in Afghanistan to Win

Putin is replicating his success in Syria in a new theater of conflict—and part of his plan is to hurt American interests once again.

Then-Afghan President Mohammed Najibullah smiles as he meets Red Army soldiers.

In Afghanistan, the Dead Cast a Long Shadow

With Afghanistan again facing a political crisis, Mohammed Najibullah’s tarnished memory is being rehabilitated by some. But the crimes of the last Soviet-supported president, who was killed by the Taliban, are hardly forgotten.

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A Portrait of India on Fire

Megha Majumdar’s bestselling novel “A Burning” begins with a train in flames. But what really gets torched is the Indian Dream.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma.

India Is Paying the Price for Neglecting its Neighbors

Narendra Modi came to power promising to prioritize relations with countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. China is taking advantage of his failure to do so.

A Muslim family offers a special prayer in their home during the Eid-al-Fitr festival.

India’s Islamophobia Creeps Into Nepal

Nationalist media and pandemic fears have caused hatred to go viral.

A woman selects corn for the market during the government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 7.

For the Rural Poor, the Coronavirus Crash Isn’t Here Yet

Prolonged lockdowns will exacerbate food and income insecurity during the agricultural lean season.

Police commando personnel stand guard.

Indians Are Supporting George Floyd—and Ignoring Police Brutality in Their Own Country

There are no protests to mark the systematic mistreatment of the country’s poor, lower-caste communities or other minority groups.

An Indian soldier communicates with colleagues on a walkie talkie at Nathula Gate, leading to the Nathu La border crossing between India and China.

Why We Should Worry About China and India’s Border Skirmishes

Three decades ago, the two countries reached an understanding not to fight. But Beijing is now a much stronger power.

Volunteers distribute food boxes and a traditional sweet drink among people for breaking their Ramadan fast in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on May 3.

On the Coronavirus, Pakistan’s Government Is Missing in Action

As the pandemic threatens livelihoods, the country’s poor are relying almost exclusively on the charity of fellow citizens.

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