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As a second wave devastates India, Narendra Modi vanishes
The prime minister loves the limelight, but only when things are going well
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Private firms in Indonesia are starting their own vaccination effort
Younger, wealthier people may get jabbed before older and more vulnerable ones
Next in line
A worrying new wave of covid-19 is hitting South-East Asia
Cases are rising across a region that had been relatively unscathed
Endangered hunters
Taiwan’s tribes have their day in court (and lose)
A ruling elevates conservation over indigenous traditions
Banyan
In the Maldives, an ominous rise in intolerant Islam
An assassination attempt on a former president jolts the atoll nation
Silent sigh
South Korea is pushing America for new talks with the North
The 70-year stalemate between the two Koreas is unlikely to break without fresh diplomacy
Let them eat dark chocolate
India’s covid-19 crisis is devastating its most desperate people
The poor are losing jobs, going hungry and falling victim to scams
Thirst trap
Water in Bangladesh is either unsafe or pricey
But there is a new set of ideas to fix an old problem
Banyan
Australia’s debate about China is becoming hot, angry and shrill
The increasingly one-sided discourse helps no one
Let there be mood lighting
South Koreans are discovering a taste for Instagrammable interiors
A move away from fluorescent tubelights is softening the ambience
Urbs prima in Indis
Why is Mumbai handling its second wave better than Delhi?
Credit a sensible administrative structure, decentralisation and data-driven planning
Paper tiger
India’s national government looks increasingly hapless
Confronted with catastrophe, the state has melted away
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