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October 29, 2013

Introductory Post

Hello Asia Unbound readers! As CFR’s newest senior fellow, and the newest contributor to the blog, I look forward to adding a little more content on South Asia to the group effort. At CFR, I am cover…

Indian PM Singh speaks with Gujarat's CM and Hindu nationalist Modi during the inauguration ceremony of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel national museum in Ahmedabad

October 31, 2013

Prosperity and Politics

Two seemingly unrelated items caught my eye this week: one, the release of the new Legatum Prosperity Index, and the other, the release in Bangladesh of a transcript detailing an important and much-a…

Primary school students march by the bank of the river Buriganga during an event in support of education in Dhaka

November 7, 2013

Flying Objects, Different Zeitgeists

Since November began, I’ve been struck by the great gulf in the zeitgeist between India and Pakistan. I don’t mean the gulf in how each perceives the other, though, or any preoccupation of Indo-Pakis…

India launches a satellite carrying the Mars orbiter on November 5, 2013.

November 8, 2013

Human Rights
Maldivian Do-Over

On Saturday, November 9, Maldivians will return to the polls, again, to vote for president. But instead of being an occasion for celebration of democratic consolidation following a difficult year and…

A man casts his vote at a polling centre during the presidential elections in Male

November 14, 2013

Framing Indian Power and Foreign Policy: State vs. Center? Or Rights vs. Realism?

On Friday, November 15, the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) convenes in Sri Lanka. This year’s gathering of fifty-three Commonwealth members has been anything but routine, h…

A man paints the logo of CHOGM 2013, ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, in Colombo

November 18, 2013

Politics and Government
Nepal: Back on the Political Track

There have been a lot of elections in South Asia in recent days. On November 16 a run-off election produced a surprise result in Maldives, where Abdulla Yameen—the half-brother of former President Ga…

A woman holds a ballot paper during the election campaign of Nepali Congress Party in Kathmandu

November 26, 2013

Women in India: Much More Than Recent Headlines

Over the past week, the Indian media and social media have been seized with an unfolding scandal involving a news magazine, Tehelka, that made its reputation ferreting out truth and exposing wrongdoi…

Demonstrators hold a placard outside a court in New Delhi

December 4, 2013

When Protests Halt Progress

If I were to describe a country that has achieved around 6 percent economic growth for much of the last decade, has the eighth largest population in the world, has delivered maternal and child health…

Smoke rises as a bus burns on a street after a nationwide strike was called, in Dhaka

December 9, 2013

Indian State Elections Raise Questions About 2014

The results of four of the five state-level elections conducted in India over the past month were announced on Sunday, December 8. (Results from the smaller northeastern state of Mizoram were announc…

Supporters of Kejriwal, leader of the newly formed Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, hold brooms, the party's symbol, after Kejriwal's election win against Delhi's CM Dikshit, in New Delhi

December 19, 2013

Some Background for the Khobragade Case

Since the arrest last Thursday of India’s acting consul general in New York, Devyani Khobragade, U.S.-India relations have hit turbulent waters. Dr. Khobragade has been charged in the Southern Distri…

Supporters of Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena, a Hindu hardline group, shout anti-U.S. slogans during a protest near the U.S. embassy in New Delhi