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Past articles by Gerry:

After Taliban bans opium, a guilt-racked commander winks at harvest

The case of a war-torn village in eastern Afghanistan shows how the poppy eradication effort can be undermined by dissent and small acts of sympathy. → Read More

Indian court sentences opposition leader Gandhi to 2 years in prison

The conviction for defamation is the latest attack on media and the opposition in India, raising fears for the democracy in one of the world's most populous nations. → Read More

A gruesome murder case in India pits traditional values against modern love

The story of a Hindu woman who defied her parents’ wishes and moved in with a Muslim man whom she met online has become a vehicle for intense, often intergenerational debates. → Read More

How political will often favors a coal billionaire and his dirty fossil fuel

The tale of Gautam Adani's giant power plant reveals how political will in Modi's India bends in favor of the dirty fuel. → Read More

India’s Wire says it was ‘deceived’ by staffer in articles about Instagram

An official from India’s ruling party said he would sue the Wire for defamation. → Read More

India commissions first locally built aircraft carrier amid rivalry with China

While carriers are increasingly vulnerable to missiles, the ships are still widely seen as a symbol of national prestige and crucial for far-flung operations. → Read More

India scrambles to contain fallout over insulting comments about Islam

Derogatory comments about the prophet Muhammad by members of India's ruling party have diplomats struggling to contain an international public relations crisis. → Read More

VPN provider pulls out of India over push to ‘limit internet freedom’

A new order by Indian regulators requiring internet companies to store their users’ real names and track their usage history has alarmed digital privacy advocates. → Read More

Facing a power crisis and searing heat, India falls back on coal

Although India has pledged to be a leader in renewable energy, recent weeks have shown the country is still heavily reliant on coal to meet soaring power demand. → Read More

Inside the collapse of the Rajapaksa dynasty in Sri Lanka

How two powerful brothers fell out and took their country down with them. → Read More

Sri Lankan protesters dig in as a new prime minister is named

Demonstrators say they will stay in the streets until President Rajapaksa steps down. → Read More

How bulldozers in India became a symbol of Hindu nationalism

As religious tensions have mounted in recent weeks, the ruling BJP party has ordered demolitions in largely Muslim neighborhoods. → Read More

Religious clashes across India spark fears of further violence

The country has been shaken by escalating confrontations between Hindus and Muslims. → Read More

How war in Ukraine turned Sri Lanka’s economic crisis into a calamity

Sri Lanka was already struggling with its worst economic downturn in decades. Now the conflict in Ukraine has sent food and fuel prices soaring. → Read More

Sri Lanka suspends debt payments as it struggles to import fuel and food

The extraordinary step underscores the crisis facing a government that is struggling to contain soaring inflation, large-scale protests and a potentially looming humanitarian disaster. → Read More

In India, a U.S. partner, Modi’s base is inundated with anti-U.S. commentary on Ukraine

While the Russian invasion has galvanized public opinion against President Vladimir Putin in many Western countries, it has had a strikingly different effect in India. → Read More

As sanctions over Ukraine war mount, Russia turns to India to buy oil and arms

India, the world’s biggest oil importer behind China and the United States, has agreed to purchase 3 million barrels of Russian oil at a heavy discount, an Indian official said. → Read More

Indian political parties resort to extreme measure to prevent their candidates from switching sides: Sequestering them

The sequestrations in palm-fringed resorts, five-star Mumbai hotels and hilltop lodges have become so common that the practice has been coined “resort politics.” → Read More

As Russia’s military onslaught in Ukraine sends refugees scattering, Moscow extends a helping hand to one group: Indians

Statements by Russian officials suggest that India’s diplomatic position has paid dividends for its citizens in Ukraine. → Read More

India avoids condemning Russian invasion of Ukraine, keeps aloof from Biden’s coalition against Moscow

For years, India has juggled its close relations with Russia, which supplies 70 percent of its military equipment, with its fast-growing ties with the United States, which sees India as a crucial partner in countering China’s rise. → Read More