‘A picture of malicious intention’

On the Chinese embassy’s undiplomatic letter to a Nepali newspaper.

Between big data and big brother

Why the overwhelming control over data by governments and large corporations doesn’t bode well for democracy.

Chronicling courtesans

A new book documents the forgotten history of tawaifs – or courtesans – in northern India.

The death of a book bazaar

Delhi’s beautification drive comes at the cost of a historic Sunday book market. 

Shortlisted in the Himal Short Story Competition 2019.

Shortlisted in the Himal Short Story Competition 2019.

Working-class communities struggle to lead ‘grievable’ lives within state-led redevelopments of their cities.

A review of Sidharthan Maunaguru’s 'Marrying for a Future: Transnational Sri Lankan Tamil Marriages in the Shadow of War'.

From Himal Archives EXPLORE

Whatever happened to class?

The decline of class analysis in Southasian studies has followed the decline of Marxism as an intellectual and political force.

| Nov 21, 2017

Poetry against purdah

Pioneers of women’s liberation, Southasia’s women Sufi poets deserve to be remembered and celebrated.

| Mar 30, 2012

Modernity’s magnetism and the rage of rejects

A review of Pankaj Mishra's 'Temptations of the West. How to be modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet and beyond'.

| Nov 24, 2006