What strikes one the most while going through the best of Himal is the relevance of these essays to our times. Perhaps they do so because the realities they present to the reader impact our politics, society and culture some 15-20 years later. (On The Southasian Sensibility: A Himal Reader, a collection of representative, seminal articles published over the past 25 years in Himal Southasian).
Former Senior Editor at Outlook
We also need more small magazines; the best one is Himal from Nepal.
Contributor to The New York Review of Books
Contributor to The Guardian
As a long-standing visitor to Nepal and a bit of a ‘foodie’ with regard to Nepali cuisine in general, and the Newari culinary tradition in particular, I really enjoyed this international Southasian feast of writing from across the Subcontinent. The range is impressive, from discussions of agriculture and food production to pieces on food preparation and presentation and, of course, consumption, in both prose and poetry. A tour de force. More please! (On the ‘Farms, Feasts, Famines’ (Vol 26 No 2) issue).
Dr David Seddon
Honorary Research Fellow
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
The uniqueness of Himal is that it speaks to the entire region of Southasia. This is a difficult task as it means being in touch with the diversity and local articulation of the region and its specific cultures. Himal does not merely do this but also tries to make lateral link ups that can cross boundaries and enter into dialogues at various levels, with discussion of either common interests or diverse concerns. This makes for a truly vital presentation of parts of Southasia that have not been thought of in this manner before and encourages one to see the communication between them. Today, Himal is essential reading for those either living in, or researching on, Southasia.
Professor Emerita, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Author of Early India, and A History of India, Vol. 1
Himal is a remarkable and pioneering magazine in the Southasian context and with few parallels elsewhere. In a media sphere driven by shrill sound bites, blogs and tweets, Himal provides long essays that can investigate issues with depth and understanding. While providing a distinctive perspective on a region, Southasia, it bridges the boundary between the academy and the citizenry. It is genuinely and completely non-partisan, showcasing writers of various nationalities, ages, genders, castes, and ideological affiliations.
Historian, public intellectual, columnist, author of award-winning India After Gandhi
2011-12 Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs, London School of Economics
2009 Padma Bhushan award recipient
Himal Southasian is a forum for intelligent and learned writing, and a platform for interchange of ideas, about a region to which I’m very attached and which accounts for such a large proportion of the world’s population. It has covered fascinating themes over the years – including local and country-specific subjects but also themes and ideas which have a resonance beyond the region such as sexuality and censorship. I believe that from its base in Nepal, rather than the dominant powers of India and Pakistan, it provides a unique perspective across the region, somewhat detached from those two countries’ debilitating rivalry and able to look dispassionately at matters that concern them and the smaller countries.
I also believe that in its new, semi-book format Himal has found a good and very user-friendly way to move forward.
BBC South Asia Correspondent
Let me state without a trace of hyperbole that, in my opinion, Himal is not simply the most informative journal on Southasia currently available but also the most important; important because of its uniquely independent, non-partisan stance on a whole range of political and social issues.
Author of Ashoka: The Search for India’s Lost Emperor (2012), The Buddha and the Sahibs: The Men Who Discovered India’s Lost Religion (2002); and Soldier Sahibs: The Men Who Made the North West Frontier (2000)
I have read – and written for – Himal since I first arrived in Southasia in the early 1990s. I have followed its emergence and marvelled at its growth. Himal is like no other imprint in Southasia: it combines a deep commitment to long-form narrative journalism with insightful reporting on and analysis of Southasian regionalism. I regularly set Himal Southasian articles for my students to read, and find time and again that the engaging journalistic form that editors advocate combines the best of scholarly writing with narrative immediacy.
Associate Research Scientist/Lecturer, South Asian Studies Council, Yale University
Program Director, Yale Himalaya Initiative
Director, Digital Himalaya Project
Fellow, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
Over the years, Himal has developed an idea of Southasia that can liberate ordinary people as well as policymakers from the constraints of narrow chauvinisms, and encourage creative cultural, political, social, and economic transactions across states. I have every expectation that Himal will, in times to come, shape imaginaries of Southasia in the region as well as outside, even more than it does at present.
Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi
2007 International Visiting Fellow, Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics
I have found Himal extremely useful, for scholars as well as students and lay readers, to better understand the political evolution, cultural trends, and economic prospects of what used to be known as the Indian Subcontinent. The term for the present and the future is ‘Southasia’, and there is no other publication other than Himal that addresses this entire region as an entity. I believe this view of Southasian regionalism is what is in store for us in the future, which is why Himal Southasian is a magazine with such possibilities.
Director of Research CNRS Institution, Centre Maurice Halbwachs
1995-2003 Professor at the History and Civilisation department of the European University Institute (Florence-Italy)
Himal Southasian is the only media outlet that stands out by augmenting a regional understanding rather than taking nationalistic positions that unfortunately represent the reality in the media landscape in the countries of the region. Its themes and the fact that it brings in views on a single platform undoubtedly have created a space where big thinkers and policymakers from the region can converge.
Journalist, Photographer, Media Consultant
Contributor for OPEN Magazine
A Southasian ‘chamatkar’ – I am one witness to the transformation of Himal from a Himalayan publication to it becoming the only journal which talks about Southasia in a compact and collective way, looking beyond national boundaries. It supports the cause of real democracy and equity in the region. Bringing together journalists, writers, filmmakers and intellectuals and compelling them to think big is Himal’s finest contribution.
Editor of People’s Association for Himalayan Area Research (PAHAR)
Vice President-Asia/Himalaya, World Mountain People Association (WMPA)
Jawaharlal Nehru Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi
Himal’s writers provide a perspective that’s off the beaten track, skeptical of conventional wisdoms about the region, and up to date with the issues and concerns that unite – and divide – Southasians. Himal Southasian challenges many Western assumptions about Southasia, while also questioning deeply held local views. Anyone, anywhere, interested in Southasia, reads Himal.
Sheila S. Coronel
Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism
Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism