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In a world of increasingly exclusive nationalisms, Himal Southasian dares to think across borders – seeking out the scope and complexity of a region that stretches from Afghanistan to Burma, from Tibet to the Maldives, and includes almost a quarter of the world’s population.

Our belief in Southasia as a region is not nostalgic, but recognises our contemporary realities as interconnected, as our histories have always been. While nation states exert themselves to emphasise division and define belonging ever more narrowly, Himal stories do not stop at borders (or checkpoints) but are followed wherever they lead, across great swathes of interlocking geography, culture and history.

At Himal a small team of in-house editors works closely with writers deeply versed in the subjects they write about, themselves from all corners of the earth. We have an open door and broad interests, always seeking new writers and subjects. We discuss, research, fact check and edit – to publish stories that will last, rather than break news. Himal is ready to turn known maps on their heads, through reflective and long-form journalism.

Himal exists because it is needed. It exists for readers seeking perspectives they don’t find in the mainstream, national media, as it exists for writers who are not published elsewhere because they tell inconvenient or complex, truths.  In a world of paywalls (and steel slats), Himal strives for the persistence of public service journalism.

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Patron

$ 199/Year

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  • Free lunch and sightseeing if you’re in Colombo!

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FAQS

What are the benefits of membership?

Depending on the particular package you pick, you will get one or all of the following: the right-side-up map, special newsletters, free access to curated archival readings, advanced access to special packages, a mention on the website (optional), even free lunch and sightseeing if you’re in Colombo! At the same time, you will be helping us in our efforts to stay financially sustainable and independent, and pursue journalism with fewer worries about the finances. Importantly, you will help Himal grow as a community of individuals and groups interested to better understand Southasia.

Can I support the magazine without becoming a member?

Absolutely. You can share our stories, recommend the magazine to others, subscribe to our free newsletter, write for us, and spread the word about Himal. Beyond monetary support, we immensely value your engagement in helping create a community of people with a shared vision for Southasia.

How is Himal Southasian currently sustained financially?

For the moment, we are supported by funding from the Open Society Foundations. However, we believe that for independent journalism to survive and thrive, it must have diverse sources of revenue, including financial support from its readers. Which is why we hope you will join us as a member and make that possible by helping us reduce donor dependency. As we like to say, a member a day keeps the donor away!

How can I keep myself up to date with what Himal is doing?

You can subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter to get updates on our latest articles and our activities.

What address do I include in the membership form?

Please give us your postal address when you fill in the form. This is where we will be posting your right-side-up map and other physical perks that come with your membership.

Can I pay for the membership using cash or cheque?

At the moment, you can only pay for a membership using a debit or a credit card over a secure, bank-run payment system.

How do I cancel my membership?

You can go to your dashboard to cancel your membership. However, you will still be able to access your membership privileges that come with the package (for example, the special newsletters) till the expiration date of the membership. Please not that for logistical reasons, we will not be able to process any refunds.

Still not convinced?
Here’s what our readers have to say.

There is simply no other intellectual or literary forum remotely like it. Himal has been an indispensable aid to my understanding of India, Southasia, and the world.

Ramachandra Guha, Historian

Himal magazine features a long-standing tradition of narrative journalism across the region.

Mara Malagodi, Academic

Himal Southasia has been a unique forum for academics, public intellectuals and journalists to talk to each other about Southasia.

Pratyoush Onta, Martin Chautari

I have every expectation that Himal will, in times to come, shape imaginaries of Southasia in the region as well as outside, even more than it does at present.

Neera Chandoke, Delhi University