Himal Southasian is published by the not-for-profit The Southasia Trust, Lalitpur, Nepal. It 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 over two 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.
'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.
Editor and Publisher
Kanak Mani Dixit
Michael Vurens van Es
Mehaka Chahat Luintel
Laxmi Murthy (Bengaluru)
Ahilan Kadirgamar (Colombo)
Vijay Prashad (Delhi)
Afsan Chowdhury (Dhaka), Beena Sarwar (Karachi), Deepak Thapa (Kathmandu), Jehan Perera (Colombo), Manisha Aryal (Kathmandu), Mitu Varma (Delhi), Rajashri Dasgupta (Calcutta)
Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur, Nepal
GPO Box: 24393, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 1 5547279, +977 1 5552141
Library of Congress Control number 88 912882
Himal Southasian, a review magazine
Since January 2013, Himal Southasian divides its output between a thematic quarterly publication, Southasia's first 'bookazine' and this website.
The editors of Himal welcome query notes from prospective writers in all areas of our magazine’s specialisation, including reportage, analysis and opinion. Pitches should be no more than one page in length, and should introduce the proposed article and, briefly, the writer’s background.
Himal Southasian is not a news magazine. Rather, we specialise in longer, expository articles. While the majority of our write-ups are under 2500 words, the editors regularly carry articles of up to 4000 words and above, provided both the subject and writing are able to sustain reader's interest.
Himal publishes several kinds of articles, including analyses and reports, opinions, interviews, photo features, book reviews, as well as more personalised and/or unusual reflections. Our topics are as varied as is the Southasian region itself: economics, politics and social issues, as well as explorations of culture, history, and modern trends.
Himal is interested in hearing from new writers. We do not have staff writers, and rely on independent thinkers and contributors from all over Southasia, not limited to the major cities.
We ask that potential correspondents familiarise themselves with Himal and its variety of articles before sending query notes. The magazine’s archives are freely available online. When formulating potential submissions, please bear in mind the following:
- Articles should not be dated upon submission. Further, our analysis should ideally remain useful in archival form.
- Himal does not accept submissions published previously in any form.
- The editors are particularly interested in pieces that have a regional impact. Although we welcome extremely localised stories, we place emphasis on uniquely connective and intra-regional reports and analyses. Himal is happy to receive in-depth articles on subjects not covered by mainstream media in each of the regional countries.
- Himal offers a unique platform for debate on some of the most critical regional issues of the day. We seek rigour in both research and argumentation, but we also emphasise skill and style in writing and presentation.
- Our readership is extremely diverse in background, specialisation and geography. Articles must engage specialists, but also inform non-specialists and general-interest readers.
- Himal is open-ended! Once you have gotten a feel for our approach and interests, feel free to surprise us with unique perspectives, focuses, correlations and suggestions.
The editorial staff will select submissions. Once accepted, articles are edited and played back as necessary. Payment scale for Himal articles averages between USD 50-100. Copyright remains with Himal unless otherwise agreed.
Editors, Himal Southasian
Image: Penguin India
Penguin India withdraws The Hindus
On 11 February 2014, Penguin India decided to recall and destroy all remaining copies of Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History. The decision was part of an agreement between them and Shiksha Bachao Andolan, a Hindu campaign group that filed a case against the publishers in 2010, arguing that the book was insulting to Hindus and contained “heresies”.
From our archive:
Diwas Kc reviews The Hindus: An Alternative History. (March 2010)