Cartoon by Gihan de Chickera.
Cartoon by Gihan de Chickera.

A Year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, Pakistan floods, Indian Matchmaking, and more.

Southasiasphere episode 19: Updates and analysis from around the region.

Southasiasphere is our monthly roundup of news events and analysis of regional affairs. If you are a member, you will automatically receive links to the new episodes in your inbox. If you are not yet a member, you can still get it for free by signing up here.

In this episode, we discuss how one year since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has been marked by a collapsed economy, humanitarian crisis, violent crackdowns on civil protests, and severe restrictions on media and the rights of women.

In Around Southasia in 5 minutes, we unpack the recent arrests (or attempted arrests) under anti-terrorism laws, the devastating floods in Pakistan, developments in the Bilkis Bano case, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's official visit to Bangladesh, and more.

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