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Travelling Cartoon Exhibition


Himal organised two cartoon exhibitions in Kathmandu, Nepal as part of the first-ever Cartoon Congress on 14-15 November, 2008. After a week in Kathmandu the Abu Retrospective and the Nepali Exhibition will travel around Southasia.

Dhaka Exhibition, in collaboration with Drik
Date: 22 December 2008
Venue: Drik Picture Library

Contact us at surabhip@himalmag.com or at +977-1-5552141 to organise a showing of the exhibition in your city. 

Southasia Cartoon Congress


Himal brought together 40 eminent cartoonists from across the region for the first ever Southasia Cartoon Congress. An exhibition of cartoons by Nepali cartoonists and renowned Indian cartoonist Abu Abraham were also displayed in parallel to the event 


Southasian wit: In search of itself

Date: 14-15 November 2008

Venue: Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur, Nepal

17:00 Congress opening, welcome (Kanak Mani Dixit)

17:15 Public lecture: Dancing with Demons (Manjula Padmanabhan)

17:45 Abu in London (Mark Bryant)

18:00 A glimpse into the history of Nepali Cartooning (Durga Baral 'Vatsayan')

18:10 Inauguration of Abu Retrospective by Sudhir Tailang

    Inauguration of Nepali Exhibition by playwright and poet Abhi Subedi




June-September 2008: Himal received 376 entries from 173 cartoonists from all over the world for the Southasian Cartoon Competition on the theme Dramatic Divide: The distance between the powerful and the powerless. After careful deliberation, the three-member jury of Sadanand Menon, Madhuker Upadhyay, Kunda Dixit made its decision and announced three lucky winners. Wishing to recognise the high quality of the works submitted, the editors of Himal also announced an Editors' Pick list of cartoons for special recognition.


"India and Southasia: Does it Matter?"

A stimulating evening discussing the place of India in the larger Southasia.


"India and Southasia: Does it Matter?"

Opening remarks: Jairam Ramesh

Presentation: Kanak Mani Dixit, Editor, Himal Southasian

Panelists: Bibek Debroy, Aruna Roy, Chandrabhan Prasad, AS Panneerselvan and Pratap Bhanu Mehta


Venue: India International Centre, Main Auditorium

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Date: 25 July, 2008



Looking back at the peace process: Turbulence and implications

Siem Reap, Cambodia (October 2007)

Are India and Pakistan really in control of the situation?

Cairo, Egypt (November 2006)

The question of Kashmir

Istanbul, Turkey (December 2005)

The India-Pakistan 'Composite Dialogue'

Bentota, Sri Lanka (September 2004)

The nuclear weaponisation of Southasia

Bellagio, Italy (July 2003)

Conflict and the India-Pakistan media

Nagarkot, Nepal (May 2002)


Exhuming Accountability

Conference on transitional justice in Southasia


23-25 January 2007, Kathmandu | Hosted by Himal Southasian and the International Center for Transitional Justice


Nellie massacre, 1982


Across Southasia, social movements have worked to demand justice and accountability during the region's darkest hours – involving pogroms against minorities; human-rights abuse in the context of armed conflict; abuse and impunity by entrenched economic elites; violence against Dalits, indigenous communities and migrants; violence against women; militaries operating with state-sanctioned impunity within and across borders; violations by armed opposition groups with little accountability to local communities; the global 'war on terror' and its perverse dynamics in the region; and forced evictions of communities by dams and mines, urban real-estate mafia, or feudal landlords.


The demand for justice is a persistent feature of the Southasian public realm. In Bangladesh, families of those killed in the Liberation War still call for acknowledgment and 'memorialisation'. The struggle against the impunity enjoyed by the masterminds of the Gujarat carnage of 2002 continues in courts in Ahmedabad and Bombay. Victims of the excesses of the long sequence of autocratic regimes in Pakistan have been calling for fundamental institutional reform of the state. Survivors of the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983 in Sri Lanka continue to demand accountability and reparation. At the same time, there have been atrocities which have been neglected, such as the killing of thousands in the Assamese hamlet of Nellie in 1983.


On 23-25 January, Himal Southasian organised a conference on the issue of accountability for mass atrocities carried out against citizens in the various countries and sub-regions of Southasia. Scholars and rights defenders gathered in Kathmandu to share their experiences and insights, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that excesses be investigated and addressed for the sake of justice and reconciliation, as well as to prevent future abuse. The conference was co-hosted by the International Center for Transitional Justice, supported by the International Development Research Centre, and convened by Vasuki Nesiah and Kanak Mani Dixit.

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