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Reality check shows case for new South Asian organization including China

India it seems is the most anxious country in South Asia. Its traditional sway over the region is being challenged as other countries here are rising. It is not 1947 when India was born nor is it 1971 when India fashioned the region its way. However, while 1971 was a great year it also marked the beginning of change. A new state Bangladesh was bornand its birth brought about changes in the region. Changes in...

South Asian Brief

India Sets Coronavirus Record

Welcome to South Asia Brief, the weekly newsletter that keeps you up to date on a region that is home to one-fourth of humanity. Today: India sets a worldwide record for the most coronavirus cases in a single day, Pakistanis express outrage over rape, Bangladesh...

Reports

Why are India’s farmers and politicians opposing...

India’s parliament was operational on a Sunday for the first time ever, because the pandemic delayed and shortened the monsoon session. But it was a day for another first. The upper house of Indian parliament Sunday (Sept. 20) passed two agricultural reform bills by a...

Taliban, Afghan negotiators far apart on basic i...

The Afghan government and Taliban remain far apart on even the most basic issues a week into talks meant to end two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of people. The chasm, not just on the predictably thorny problem of a ceasefire...

Myanmar political party withdraws election broad...

Myanmar’s Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) has cancelled its election broadcasts on state-owned media after facing censorship. From Sept. 8 to Nov. 6, political parties running in the election are allowed to deliver campaign speeches and explain their policies in 15-minute broadcasts. So...

OIC Contact Group on Kashmir calls for ending In...

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, which met in New York on Sunday, voiced “deep concern” over the continued human rights violations by India in occupied Kashmir, and called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Security Council and the...

SAM Special

Despite Kabul-Taliban talks, Afghan peace process is still dicey

On September 12, the Afghan government and the Taliban started their direct peace talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar. This is the first direct negotiation between the Afghan government and the Taliban since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.  In 2001, the United States launched the global war on terror and occupied Afghanistan through military operations. At that time, the Afghan Taliban were regarded as the patron of Al Qaeda, and its regime...

Issues

Border stand-off: India ‘expects China to stand...

The top commanders of the Chinese and Indian armies met on Monday at Moldo, on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), in a fresh bid to ease their months-long stand-off – with New Delhi expected to maintain its stance that Beijing...

The Intra-Afghan dialogue is good news for Pakis...

Earlier this month, the much-awaited, all-important intra-Afghan dialogue began in Doha, Qatar. This is the first time that the Taliban and representatives from the Afghan government are directly engaged in negotiating the future of their country. In the United States-Taliban agreement, signed in February 2020,...

Army infections unmask India’s struggle to susta...

The Indian Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said at a meeting on September 16 that about 20,000 Indian military personnel have been infected with COVID-19 so far. For the government's interest, India may still insist on sending troops to the China-India border. As...

The trouble with torpedoing India’s plan for a t...

India it appears is all set to torpedo its plans for a second indigenous aircraft carrier, just as China prepares to surge in to the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with her aircraft carrier group. This, even as India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-1) Vikrant-under construction...

Editor`s Choice

India’s silenced parliament

India’s silenced parliament

After a nearly six-month hiatus, the Indian parliament will reconvene in mid-September at a time of deepening national crisis. But I fear that it may...
The making of a Hindu India

The making of a Hindu India

On August 5, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a Hindu temple in the northern city of Ayodhya. This fulfilled the...
Why US Indo-Pacific strategy will fail

Why US Indo-Pacific strategy will fail

Since Donald Trump was elected to the US presidency, he has expanded the Asia-Pacific region to include the Indian Ocean, renaming the enlarged area “Indo-Pacific”...

Focus

India

Why the Indian state is now scared of the Kashmiri Shia

On August 29, the 10th day of the holy month of Muharram, known as Ashoura, Indian forces fired pellets and tear gas shells to disperse hundreds of Shia Muslims participating in a traditional religious procession in Indian-administered Kashmir, seriously injuring dozens of people. Security forces besieged Shia mourners in the Zadibal area of Srinagar, forcing them to seek shelter in residential compounds, as tear gas shells and pellets rained on them. I saw young boys...
If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC.
New BBC director general Tim Davie on social media.