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Author Chettri, Mona, author

Title Ethnicity and democracy in the Eastern Himalayan Borderland : constructing democracy / Mona Chettri
Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (182 pages) : illustrations
Series Asian Borderlands ; 3
Asian borderlands ; 3
Contents Cover; Contents; List of Acronyms; Glossary of Local Terms; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Why Study the Eastern Himalayan Borderland?; Studying the Eastern Himalayan Borderland: Same Same but Different; Facilitating Ethnic Politics in the Eastern Himalaya; Organisation of this Book; 1. Locating the 'Nepali' in the Eastern Himalayan Borderland; Becoming Nepali: Colonial History and Ethnic Group Formation; Going to Muglan: Emigration from the Kingdom of Gorkha to India; Language and Ethnic Group Formation; Homogenisation of the Nepalis and its Impact on Identity Formation
4. Manifestations of Ethnic PoliticsThe Dress Code: Looking like a Gorkha; Becoming a Tribe in Sikkim; Limbus as the Embodiment of the Indigenous Discourse; Conclusion; 5. Constructing Democracy; Emergence of a New Patronage Structure; The New Elites; Political Elites; Expressing Agency through Ethnic Politics; Regional Interpretation of Democracy; Conclusion; Conclusion; Being Nepali Across Borders; Of Ethnic Politics and Democratic Cultures; Ethnic Politics as People's Politics; Bibliography; Index; List of Illustrations; Figure 1 Map of Sikkim, Darjeeling and east Nepal
Figure 2 The only solution -- GorkhalandFigure 3 Madhesh ko chacha's shop in Soreng, West Sikkim; Figure 4 Khukuri for sale in a local market in Darjeeling; Figure 5 Writing on the wall:Bhutia, Lepcha or Nepali we are all Gorkhali; Figure 6 Limboo artifacts on display at the Namchi Mahautsav, Sikkim; Figure 7 Raakay-Julus: fire-torch procession in Ilam, organised by NEFIN; Figure 8 Offices of 'Limbuwan Parties', Ilam
Gorkhaland: A Homeland for the Indian-NepalisDe-Constructing the Nepali in Sikkim; Re-claiming Limbuwan; Conclusion; 2. The Ethnic Worldview: Framing Existential Grievances; Limbus of Eastern Nepal and the Politics of 'jati and nose'; Discriminating against the Sons of the Soil -- the Gorkhas of Darjeeling; Fostering the Culture of Dependency in Sikkim; Conclusion; 3. Ethnic Identity as Political Identity; The Political Resilience of the Brave Gorkha; Neither Mongol nor Kirat: Asserting the Limbu Identity; Claiming exclusive identities in Sikkim; Conclusion
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed April 7, 2017)
Subject Darjeeling (India : District) -- Politics and government.
Nepal -- Politics and government.
Sikkim (India) -- Politics and government.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9048527503 (electronic bk.)
9789048527502 (electronic bk.)