Himal Southasian’s new contributing editors

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With the resumption of Himal Southasian’s publication from Colombo, we have managed to persuade some incredible people to be part of our new journey in the year ahead as the magazine’s contributing editors. Our contributing editors will be the eyes and ears of Himal, enriching us with their expertise and experience. They will not just write for us, but also discuss ideas, stories and writers as we embark on a new path.

Hana Shams Ahmed is a PhD student of social anthropology at York University, Canada, and a Graduate Associate at the York Centre for Asian Research. Her research looks at the state violence and indigenous people’s resistance movements in Bangladesh. She has also worked as the coordinator of the International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission since 2009. As a journalist, she has worked for Forum and the Star, magazines associated with the Daily Star newspaper.

Sarah Eleazar is a journalist from Pakistan and a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently on the editorial staff of the Dawn newspaper and has previously worked at the Express Tribune.

Laxmi Murthy is a Bengaluru-based researcher and writer. She is the editor of the International Federation of Journalists’ annual South Asia Press Freedom Report. She is also assisting in coordinating a Zubaan-Panos initiative called ‘Stepping Stones’, which engages youth in discussion on sexual violence and impunity in Southasia through theatre and other performing arts. She has been a part of Himal for many years and was its Associate Editor earlier.

Azra Naseem is a researcher and writer. She publishes, a website analysing Maldivian political and social affairs. Academically, she is affiliated with the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University.

Vijay Prashad is a historian, author and the director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, an inter-movement research organisation that is based in Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, New Delhi and São Paulo. He is also the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books and a fellow at the Independent Media Institute. As a journalist, he writes for Frontline, the Hindu, and Turkey’s BirGün. He has been associated with Himal Southasian since its inception.

Thomas Ruttig is an Afghanistan expert, and is co-director and co-founder of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. He has spent more then twelve years working in Afghanistan and Pakistan, from the start of his professional career in 1985 at the Afghanistan/Pakistan desk of the German Democratic Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since then, he has worked as a journalist, diplomat and political advisor.



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