Mr. Kanak Mani Dixit
Kanak Mani Dixit, 62, is a writer, editor, publisher, as well as a civil rights and democracy activist. He is a campaigner for open spaces and environmental conservation and is active in the restoration of Nepal Mandal (Kathmandu Valley). He helped revive Nepal’s only public bus company, Sajha Yatayat, and is seeking to apply the concept of public transportation in the Valley and elsewhere. Dixit also heads the main archives of the Nepali language, the Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya. He is engaged in South Asian activism that seeks peace and social justice through subcontinental regionalism. Having suffered from a fall while trekking in 2001, he helped start the national Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Kavre. Believing the power of non-fiction film, he started and chairs the Film South Asia Festival of Documentaries. He is also a travel writer, translator, author of political commentaries, and a popular children’s author. Dixit received the Prince Claus Award of the Netherlands in 2009. He writes in English and his native Nepali.