21 June, 2021

Himalayan Tremors

Where do you go when the knives are out and cuffs on?

Himalayan Tremors

The police came for Kanak Mani Dixit, the ebullient publisher of the Himal South Asia group of publications and one of South Asia’s finest editors, on April 22.  He was at the family-run Dhokama cafe with some friends, located on the cusp of Nepal’s bustling capital Kathmandu and its historic twin city of Patan, also known as Lalitpur. Kanak Dixit’s arrest on alleged corruption charges and the growing pressure on the Himal group underline the vulnerability of writers who live by the protection of the written word, their integrity and the support of their families and friends. He has been languishing in hospital since.

That writers like Kanak Dixit are re­s­o­u­rceful and deeply com­mitted to the rule of law and energetic proponents of democracy (and even staunch nationalists) doesn’t go down well with their opponents, their governments or establishments and even governments in neighbouring countries.

Across South Asia, knives and machetes are being sharpened while lathis, cu­ffs and cells are readied for...

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