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The Himalayan Face-off

Tensions between India and China are back on the world’s longest unsettled border. From the first week of May 2020, India and Chinese border troops have engaged in physical brawls along the disputed border, first near Pangong Lake in Ladakh and then days later...

The Politics of Scapegoating Zaireen for Covid-19

Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) started in Wuhan (China) in December 2019/January 2020 and rapidly spread to other countries. All countries sharing borders with Pakistan had reported the presence of the deadly infectious disease by the last week of February 2020. The outbreak of the disease in...

South Asia’s Covid-19 time bomb is ticking

South Asia is one of the world’s most populous and most densely populated geographical regions. It is home to over one fifth of the world’s population. It is at the same time deeply mired in poverty, with more than 41 percent of the total...

Pakistan’s struggle to contain Covid-19 pandemic

Pakistan was among the first few countries where public policy discourse on how to respond to Covid-19 started in early January 2020. Initial discussion focused on whether or not to evacuate Pakistani students from Wuhan, the then epicenter of coronavirus outbreak in China. Over...

Covid-19 complicates Kashmiris struggle for survival

Conflict zones are always vulnerable to spread of infection and disease. Containing infectious diseases in these zones is challenging because health emergencies, to begin with, are never the top priority of the administering authorities. Moreover, health infrastructure in such places is, in most of...

Poor at risk in India’s blindfolded fight against Covid-19

India reported its first case of Covid-19 disease on January 30, 2020. The disease was diagnosed in a patient in Kerala State, who had returned from Wuhan (China). The initial response of the authorities was casual, treating the emerging outbreak as something limited to those...

Covid-19 increases pressures on Sri Lanka

Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in Sri Lanka much like other countries of the world. Initially, Sri Lankan government didn’t take any serious measures against the disease considering their warm climate as a natural protection against Covid-19. However, as the number of confirmed cases rose...

Modest spread of Covid-19 in Nepal, but economic freeze is biting

Nepal was the first country in South Asia to report incidence of Covid-19 on Jan 24, 2020 when a 32 year Nepalese student tested positive for the infection after returning from Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly disease in China. By March 31, there were...

Covid 19 remains an imported disease in Maldives

Maldives’ first Covid-19 cases emerged on March 7, 2020 when two migrant workers contracted the infection from an Italian tourist, who tested positive after returning to Italy. By March 31, the remote Indian Ocean nation had 19 confirmed cases of the disease – three of...

Bhutan in control so far

Bhutan reported its first Covid-19 case on March 5, 2020 when an American tourist tested positive for the disease. By March 31, 2020 there were five cases, but no deaths due to the infection. All cases were imported cases and till the end of...
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