The economic imperative for South Asia

From Himal Southasia, Volume 12, Number 3 (MAR 1999) The new Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) spoke to Himal editor Kanak Mani Dixit soon after assuming office. Do you feel confident about taking up this new South Asian assignment? Reasonably so. I have handled South Asian and multilateral work
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Nepal forgets Tibet

From Himal Southasia, Volume 11, Number 6 (DEC 1997) Kathmandu is closer to Beijing than to Lhasa. Till as late as the first decade of this century, the government in Kathmandu paid tribute to the Chinese court. Once every five years a party would head out of Kathmandu overland across Tibet, bearing gifts, taking three
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Documentaries just need a chance

From Himal Southasia, Volume 10, Number 6 (DEC 1997) There are people who make films that can make a difference in the lives of the Subcontinent´s millions. They produce in a particular genre which the mass public hardly ever gets to see. Which is a pity, for unlike all other media, this kind of film
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A Cloth Merchant Who Knows His Ropes

From Himal Southasia, Volume 10, Number 1 (JAN/FEB 1997) When Harish Kapadia’s businessmen friends think he is attending a dealers’ conference in Kanpur, he may well be melting ice for tea on a pass up at 18,000 feet in Kashmir Harish Kapadia, as his name suggests, is a kapada merchant. Sitting crosslegged in his shop,
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Lowly Labour in the Lowlands

From Himal Southasia, Volume 10, Number 1 (JAN/FEB 1997) By Kanak Mani Dixit, with research by Ganesh Khatri, Ramyata Limbu and Sangeeta Lama. It does not seem to shame nor needlessly bother Kathmandu´s ruling classes that highland peasants by the hundreds of thousands leave the country every year to work the most wretched jobs in
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From Himal Southasia, Volume 9, Number 4 (JUNE 1996) by Sevanti Ninan Penguin Books India, New Delhi ISBN 0-14-025631-8 INR 125 Since the satellites began bearing down on the Subcontinent, television has displaced many household activities, “notably sleeping”, says the author of a book on India and the tube Sevanti Ninan, a Delhi-based journalist following
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From Himal Southasia, Volume 9, Number 2 (APRIL 1996) As a small, new magazine, we were happy that our South Asian launch from New Delhi in March received wide coverage in newspapers and magazines. The write-ups generally welcomed Himal South Asia as an idea whose time indeed had arrived, and commended our editorial content. Many
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The Porter’s Burden

From HIMAL, Volume 8, Issue 6  (NOV/DEC 1995) Bearing loads on the back the way his ancestors did fifteen thousand years ago, the Nepali porter carries an evolutionary legacy as well as a modern-day burden. Treating his condition would also cure the socio-economic ills of Nepal’s hill peasantry. Three ragged labourers, hailing from the hills
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From HIMAL, Volume 8, Issue 6 (NOV/DEC 1995) Himal has worked single-mindedly over the last eight years, to address the concerns of the inhabitants of the Himalaya. What it did was necessary and important, delving deep into the Himalayan psyche and landscape, and raising issues to challenge the government, academia, and those engaged in development.
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