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Identity, Contestation and Ethnic Revivalism among Nepalis in Darjeeling

Nepalis in India tend to be treated as outsiders and this has prompted the political mobilisation of Nepali identity and the ethno-linguistic movement for “Gorkhaland.” However, the struggle in the Darjeeling Hills is not for a single homogeneous identity, but a composite of diverse ethnic and caste entities. This article studies the fragmentation of ethnic identity within the movement, the resultant political changes, and the processes of negotiation in the quest for identity formation.

Those provisions [Sixth Schedule] are applicable only to Assams backward tribal populations. But we are not tribal. We are civilised. Look at me; I wear a three-piece suit and shoes! We are advanced people Subash Ghising (Frontline, 922 August 1986)1

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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