***ONLY USE THE ATTACHED ARTICLE. The topic of this week’s question is cultural diversity and its impact on politics within and between countries of South and Central Asia. In a short essay (about 500 words) describe the cultural diversity of South Asia (religious, linguistic, etc). Then address how cultural diversity impacts political relations within and between the countries of South Asia. Does is exacerbate conflict or does it promote cooperation? Focusing on one set of interactions might be helpful. Conclude with some thoughts on the historical Silk Road as a mechanism for cultural exchange.