Ethnicity and Democracy in the Eastern Himalayan Borderland
Ethnicity and Democracy in the Eastern Himalayan Borderland
Constructing Democracy
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Introduction: Ethnic Identity and Politics in the Eastern Himalaya Why Study the Eastern Himalayan Borderland? Studying the Eastern Himalayan Borderland Facilitating Ethnic Politics 1. Locating the Nepali in the Eastern Himalaya Becoming Nepali: Colonial History and Ethnic Group Formation Going to Muglan: Emigration from the Kingdom of Gorkha to India Language and Ethnic Group Formation Homogenization of the Nepalis and its Impact on Identity Formation 1.1 Identifying the Nepalis of the Eastern Himalaya Gorkhaland: Homeland for the Indian-Nepalis Deconstructing the Nepalis in Sikkim Re-Claiming Limbuwan 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 Culture of Dependency in Sikkim 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 4. Manifestations of Ethnic Politics The Dress Code: Looking Like a Gorkha Becoming a Tribe in Sikkim Limbus as the Embodiment of the Indigenous Discourse 5. Constructing Democracy Emergence of a New Patronage Structure The New Elites Expressing Agency Through Ethnic Politics Regional Interpretation of Democracy 6. Being Nepali Across Borders Of Ethnic Politics and democratic Cultures Ethnic Politics as People's Politics

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"The strength of this book is that it gives a clear understanding of the main debates and questions concerning a number of points on ethnicity and its construction in the region ... [It is] both intellectually fulfilling and displays a sound theoretical basis." - Mélanie Vandenhelsken,, Summer 2020 "[This book] provides a valuable introduction to ethnic politics in the Himalayan borderland, suitable to students and policy makers alike. As the questions outlined in this review indicate, there are a number of fruitful pathways leading out from the book. Given the thick engagement with the area that Chettri’s work displays, we can only look forward to her future publications." - Rune Bennike, University of Copenhagen, Pacific Affairs, 91.3, October 2018

Mona Chettri

Ethnicity and Democracy in the Eastern Himalayan Borderland

Constructing Democracy

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This book presents a close look at the growth, success, and proliferation of ethnic politics on the peripheries of modern South Asia, built around a case study of the Nepal ethnic group that lives in the borderlands of Sikkim, Darjeeling, and east Nepal. Grounded in historical and ethnographic research, it critically examines the relationship between culture and politics in a geographical space that is home to a diverse range of ethnic identities, showing how new modes of political representation, cultural activism, and everyday politics have emerged from the region.
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Mona Chettri

Mona Chettri is a Next Generation Network Scholar at the Australia-India Institute, University of Western Australia. She is the author of Ethnicity and Democracy in the Eastern Himalayan Borderland: Constructing Democracy (Amsterdam University Press, 2017). Her current research focuses on infrastructure, urbanisation, and gender in the Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalaya.