South Asia

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

India wrapped up the largest democratic election in the world; Pope Francis ordained 13 new priests; and Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine concluded a controversial referendum for self-rule.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

The Ballot and the Barrel

An obscure Indian law requires gun owners to surrender their weapons during election season. But India’s gun lobby says it only encourages a spike in violence.

Vivekananda Nemana |

Think Again

10 Million Sardines in a Sea of Skyscrapers

How sprawling megacities -- from Lagos to Mumbai -- might just save the world.

Jonathan Kalan |

Report

'It Is a Sin to Waste Your Vote'

Why are Kashmiris shunning India's election?

Zahid Rafiq |

COLUMN

Lethal Perfection

Drones don't botch things the first time.

Matt Bors |

Argument

Despite the Election, India Still Isn't Confronting Corruption

As the Indian election continues, voters are concerned about corruption like never before. But will anything really change?

Laurence Cockcroft |

Dispatch

SWAT M.D.

Ever since the CIA used a vaccination ruse in its hunt for OBL, health workers have been combatants in Pakistan's war with the Taliban.

Kristina Shevory |

Argument

Is Narendra Modi India's Reagan or Nixon?

Gujarat's shiny free market reformer has a dark side. 

Rob Jenkins |

Argument

The Rise of India's Common Man

Could India's third-party candidate be the country’s kingmaker? Or is he just tilting at windmills?

James Traub |

COLUMN

COIN's Funeral

How the United States and NATO came to pursue the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan -- and why it might never be used again.

Whitney Kassel |

Argument

Everest Shrugged

Why the deadliest day on the world’s tallest mountain won't change the lives of Nepal's sherpas.

Kyle Knight |

COLUMN

'We Need a Dictator With a Gun and a Hoover'

Can India's likely next prime minister unleash his country's economy without allowing his Hindu nationalist base to run free?

James Traub |

Argument

Watching Modi, the Maestro, at Work

On the campaign trail in India, the election front-runner takes the high road, while his Hindu nationalist followers support him from below.

James Traub |

Argument

Misreading Modi

The controversial front-runner is campaigning against rape, but he may be disastrous for India's women. 

Amana Fontanella-Khan |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Afghanistan goes to the polls; pro-Russian demonstrators clash with police in Ukraine; and Indian elections begin.

FP Staff |

Argument

Do Politics Actually Have Any Affect on India's Economy?

In a fevered election battle, India's top candidates are claiming that they -- and only they -- can get the faltering economy back on track. But the data shows they're missing the point.

Ruchir Sharma |

Argument

Why India Is Overdue for Economic Reform

If Narendra Modi wins, India's leftists will have no one to blame but themselves.

Shikha Dalmia |

Argument

Let Me Down Easy

It's bad enough the United States is slashing military aid to Afghanistan. Don't shut off the civilian aid spigot, too.

Anja Manuel |

COLUMN

The Shots Heard Around the World

From global-health success story to nightmare: How a worldwide effort to eradicate polio went from Jonas Salk to Islamist terrorist.

Laurie Garrett |

Argument

The Election Is the Enemy

The Taliban isn't attacking the Afghan army anymore -- they're trying to blow up the heart of Afghan politics.

Barnett R. Rubin |

Argument

All the Single (Indian Politicians)

Why are so many Indian politicians unmarried? And why do Indian voters not seem to care about their private lives?

Samanth Subramanian |

COLUMN

The New Mayor of Kabul

Why Afghanistan's next president won't succeed without the warlords -- or the Taliban.

Leela Jacinto |

In Box

The Things They Carried: The Afghan Election Observer

What Afghanistan's international monitors pack for the most pivotal -- and dangerous -- political contest since 2001.

Jeffrey Stern |

Argument

MH370 and the Secrets of the Deep, Dark Southern Indian Ocean

The world's most isolated ocean has a long history of making things disappear.

Frank Jacobs |

Argument

Beware the Tax Man

Is this mild-mannered corruption fighter the most dangerous man in India?

Sadanand Dhume |

Slide Show

Celebrating in Color

India celebrates Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colors.

FP Staff |

In Box

Al Qaeda Core: A Short History

How the franchise operations of the world's most infamous terrorist organization became more potent than the mothership.

Ty McCormick |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Students clash with security forces in Venezuela; armed men stand guard in Crimea; and London's Royal Opera House hosts a 400-person yoga class.

FP Staff |

In Box

Learning Curve

Why more and more parents in 
poor countries are paying to send 
their kids to private school.

Charles Kenny |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |