This monograph follows up and builds on Dr Harka Gurung’s Ethnic Demography of Nepal (1996) and Nepal: Social Demography and Expressions (1998), both widely cited references that have proved to be of immense help to people working in diverse fields.

The two censuses held since the 1990 restoration of democracy in Nepal have revealed a very different social picture of the country than was expounded during the earlier period of cultural and social homogenisation actively pursued by the state. Many caste and ethnic groups previously not enumerated have been allowed to claim their rightful place among the peoples of Nepal; near-extinct languages have been granted due recognition; and all religious groups have been properly documented.


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