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Ethnicity and Democracy in the Eastern Himalayan Borderland

Constructing Democracy

Mona Chettri Willem van Schendel Tina Harris

184 pages
Amsterdam University Press
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.
Author Bio
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. Willem van Schendel (Em. Professor of Modern Asian Studies, University of Amsterdam. His recent books include: A History of Bangladesh (Cambridge University Press, 2020); Embedding Agricultural Commodities: Using Historical Evidence, 1840s–1940s (ed., London and New York: Routledge, 2017); The Camera as Witness: A Social History of Mizoram, Northeast India (Cambridge University Press 2015, with Joy L.K. Pachuau).