South Asian political parties and associated organisations (with web sites):


Jumbish-i-Milli Islami Afghanistan (National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan). Party instituted by Uzbeki Warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, RAWA




Bangladesh Awami League

BNPBangladesh Jatiyatabadi Dal (Bangladesh Nationalist Party, BNP)

Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh

Jatiya Party (Ershad)



All India Forward Bloc

Bahujan Samaj Party, BSP. Frames its ideology in terms of caste conflict. It aims to break the upper caste domination of society by using state power to uplift the dalits.

BJPBharatiya Janata Party, BJP. Main constituent of the National Democratic Alliance, which formed the government 1998-2004.

Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI(M). The largest leftist party in India.

Congress (I)

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, DMK. Tamil nationalist party in Tamil Nadu

Indian National Congress, Congress(I). Ruling party of India.

Janata Dal (United). Amalgamation in 2003 of the Samata Party and Janata Dal (United). Led by George Fernandes and Nitish Kumar.

Lok Satta Party. Launched in 2006, focusing on Andhra Pradesh

Samajwadi Party.

TDPTelugu Desam Party, TDP. Leading party in Andhra Pradesh, with a key role in national politics.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad, VHP.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, RSS. Organisation founded in 1926, aiming for a strong and united Hindu society.



CPN (UML)Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (Nepal Kamyunist Parti [Ekikrit Marksvadi ra Leninvadi])

Nepali Congress Party



Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan

Muttahida Quami Movement, MQM

Pakistan People’s Party, PPP


Sri Lanka:

Wikipedia information about all parties in Sri Lanka new

Eelam People's Democratic Party, EPDP

Janata Vimukti Perahuna, JVP.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE

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