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Author of All Roads Lead North. China, Nepal and the Contest for the Himalayas

Date: SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2023
Time: 7 pm (Kathmandu). 6:45 pm (New Delhi). 2:15 pm (Zurich). 8:15 am (Washington, DC)
Platform: Zoom (with live streams on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter)
Event Type: Virtual, public, on-the-record and open to the press

All Roads Lead North. China, Nepal and the Contest for the Himalayas was published in 2021

“All Roads Lead North offers a long view of Nepal’s foreign relations, today underpinned by China’s world-power status. Sharing never- before-told stories about Tibetan guerrilla fighters, failed coup leaders and trans- Himalayan traders, Nepal analyst Amish Raj Mulmi examines the histories binding mountain communities together across the Sino-Nepali border. Part history, part journalistic account, Mulmi’s is a complex, compelling and rigorously researched study of a small country caught between two neighbourhood giants.”

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Amish Raj Mulmi

Kelsang D. Aukatsang

President, Asia Freedom Institute (AFI)

Sakina Batt

Host, Freedom Hour, AFI







Amish Raj Mulmi

Amish Raj Mulmi is the author of All Roads Lead North. China, Nepal and the Contest for the Himalayas. His writings have been published in Where the Gods Dwell: Thirteen Temples and their Histories (Westland, 2021), The Himalayan Arc: Journeys East of South East (HarperCollins India, 2018) and Best Asian Speculative Fiction (Kitaab, 2018). He has written for, among others, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Al Jazeera, Hindustan Times, Roads and Kingdoms, Himal Southasia, India Today, The Kathmandu Post and The Record. He is consulting editor at Writer’s Side Literary Agency, and has previously worked for Juggernaut Books and Hachette India. He is from Pokhara.

Kelsang Aukatsang

Kelsang Aukatsang (Kaydor) is the Founding President of the Asia Freedom Institute and nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub. Kaydor has held various senior leadership positions in the Central Tibetan Administration including the Washington, DC representative for the Dalai Lama, Special Advisor to the President (Sikyong) of the Central Tibetan Administration, and the Director of CTA’s Social and Resource Development Fund (SARD). He was a candidate in the 2021 Tibetan presidential (Sikyong) elections. He has a Master’s in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Medford, USA, and a Bachelor’s in English literature from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.

Sakina Batt

Sakina Batt is a producer at Meeting Point, a leading audio visual production house and buying agency in Nepal. She directs promotional videos, does voice overs, writes scripts and copywriting for the videos in Meeting Point. Sakina worked for Tibet TV at the Central Tibetan Administration in India for four years (2017-2021) where she served as a news presenter and an interview host. She also made short documentaries for the channel, wrote scripts, conducted research, edited videos and anchored the show In Conversation with Tibet TV. Sakina has a Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and a bachelors from Delhi University.