About us

About us

themeHimal Southasian is Southasia’s first and only regional news and analysis magazine. Stretching from Afghanistan to Burma, from Tibet to the Maldives, this region of more than 1.4 billion people shares great swathes of interlocking geography, culture and history. Yet today neighbouring countries can barely talk to one another, much less speak in a common voice. For three decades, Himal Southasian has strived to define, nurture, and amplify that voice.

Independent, non-nationalist, pan-regionalist – Himal tells Indians and Nepalis about Pakistanis and Afghans, Sri Lankans and Burmese about Tibetans and Maldivians, and the rest of the world about this often-overlooked region. Critical analysis, commentary, opinion, essays and reviews – covering regional trends in politics and economics with the same perspective as culture and history, Himal stories do not stop at national borders, but are followed wherever they lead.

On 15 November 2016, Himal suspended its operations from Kathmandu, Nepal, the magazine’s home since its founding. Read Editor Aunohita Mojumdar on the reasons why.

Himal is now based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in a digital-only avatar after 30 years of print run in magazine and quarterly formats.

‘Southasia’ as one word
Readers will note, and perhaps wonder why, Himal’s editorial stylebook favours ‘Southasia’ as one word. Well, as a magazine seeking to restore some of the historical unity of our common living space – without wishing any violence on the existing nation states – we believe that the aloof geographical term ‘South Asia’ needs to be injected with some feeling. ‘Southasia’ does the trick for us, albeit the word is limited to English-language discourse.

Aunohita Mojumdar

Deputy Associate Editor
Shubhanga Pandey

Senior Assistant Editor
Raisa Wickrematunge

Vinura Abeysekera

Shwetha Srikanthan

Admin and Finance Manager
Shakila Gunarathne

Office Manager
Ikram Saleem

Consulting Editors
Sunila Galappatti
Krishna Velupillai

Founding Editor
Kanak Mani Dixit

Founding Advisors
Afsan Chowdhury (Dhaka), Beena Sarwar (Karachi), Deepak Thapa (Kathmandu), Jehan Perera (Colombo), Manisha Aryal (Kathmandu), Mitu Varma (Delhi), Rajashri Dasgupta (Calcutta)

Contributing Editors
Hana Shams Ahmed, Sarah Eleazar, Laxmi Murthy, Azra Naseem, Vijay Prashad, Thomas Ruttig

Office and Mailing Address
50/2 Hampden Lane, Wellawatte, Colombo 06, Sri Lanka.

[email protected]
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Phone: +94 (0) 114345537

Facebook: himal.southasian

Twitter: @himalistan

ISSN 10129804

Library of Congress Control number 88 912882

Himal Southasian receives funding from Open Society Foundations