Chhetria Patrakar

Chhetria Patrakar is Himal's roving media critic.

What makes a journalist?

In Sri Lanka, there are many factors shaping mainstream media coverage of citizen-led protests.

May 13, 2022

Reporting Palestine

The Southasian press is growing increasingly attuned to the history of the Palestinian struggle.

May 28, 2021

Too keen to withhold?

Why we know so little about the temporary blocking of the Twitter accounts covering farmers’ protests.

Feb 03, 2021

The myth of mainstream

On the dangerous trajectory of state institutions and popular media in India.

Aug 22, 2020

How free is the media in Southasia?

Governments are finding new ways to silence the press thanks to COVID-19.

May 05, 2020

‘A picture of malicious intention’

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

Feb 19, 2020

The PEMRA penumbra

Pakistan’s state-run media regulator tries to shut down TV-news anchors.

Nov 01, 2019

Ad-freeze zone

The Modi government has reportedly been cutting ads to major newspapers.

Jul 09, 2019

Who owns India’s media?

We need more studies on media ownership in Southasia.

Jun 06, 2019

Bhutan’s media maladies

The closure of a weekly paper in Bhutan signals a troubling decline in media diversity and journalistic space.

Apr 04, 2019

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The rise of Hindi print in India since the early 1970s.

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Caste, sexuality and tawaif subcultures in postcolonial India.