South Asia Roundup: August 27-31, 2021

INDIA
India continues to assess the geopolitical fallout from the Taliban conquest of Afghanistan
The West Bengal-based Trinamool Congress (TMC) Party continues to attract defectors from national parties
BJP agitates to reopen temples in midst of pandemic
Fixing Assam’s border problems won’t be easy
Caste census: BJP trying to figure a path forward through demographic/political minefield

PAKISTAN
Pakistan must commit itself to defending Chinese personnel and interests from Indian-backed terrorists operating from Afghanistan
Pakistan Army: Borders are secured, prepared to meet ‘any’ challenge
Imran Khan’s govt unthreatened by opposition
Railways employees to protest against govt’s privatisation plan

BANGLADESH
Bangladesh National Party vs Awami League: Zia’s grave will be removed from parliament premises
Pro-AL, BNP lawyers get into row over Zia’s role in war of independence
BNP: Bangladesh ruled by two demonic powers, AL and coronavirus
AL: BNP is carrying out supernatural activities with the help of communal forces
Bangladesh’s relationship with India a success but vulnerable to Taliban-style rhetoric

AFGHANISTAN
Taliban celebrates American departure
China, our ‘great neighbour’, will help Afghanistan forge peace: Taliban
The leader of the Afghan anti-Taliban resistance vows to battle in the encircled Panjshir Valley to keep alive his father’s dream

NEPAL
India realizes that it is not the only player in Nepal
Ruling coalition meeting on cabinet expansion today
Prime Minister Deuba seems to be trying to dismiss Dhami disappearance in order not to offend India

SRI LANKA
Pakistan-Sri Lanka Ties: A Game Changer in the Region? 
Sri Lanka signs USD 308 million-loan agreement with China
Boat intercepted with drugs, rifles may suggest LTTE revival

MALDIVES
Nasheed loyalists say President’s supporters don’t treat assassination attempt on Nasheed with any seriousness
India-Maldives ink largest ever infrastructure project

BHUTAN
Jaldhaka Hydro Power Project is testament to Bhutan-India strategic partneership

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