SAB Vol1, Issue 6
South Asian countries continue to experience political upheavals. Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
continue to face political crises. Bangladesh National Party (BNP), the customary main opposition
party in Bangladesh, has organized multiple rallies and is planning a grand finale in early December in
Dhaka. In Pakistan, former Prime Minister Imran Khan continues to rattle the establishment. He was
shot during a rally but has recovered and is back addressing public rallies. Public protest continues
in Sri Lanka, where the government has taken a heavy-handed approach. Rahul Gandhi of the Indian
National Congress continued his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra,’ a march to connect to the masses to revive the
party’s fledgling electoral position in India. China has experienced significant protests against the strict
covid-19 lockdown, heightening the Chinese Communist Party’s concerns that the protests could
morph into political rallies.
In the meantime, Nepal conducted an essentially fair and peaceful election. The ruling coalition won
the largest share of votes, but the establishment parties saw their vote share chipped away by a newly
formed party. Meanwhile, Thimpu passed a law requiring all citizens to complete a year-long training
course in 2024.
Politics remain volatile in most South Asian countries. Meanwhile, South Asians enjoy football in the Qatar World Cup, with memories of blood and sweat shed in the country.