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The Marginal Migrants: A Study of Nepali Emigrants in India

B.C. Upreti (Author)
Synopsis The phenomenon of migration has attracted scholars of different disciplines as it helps in understanding socio-economic dynamics of a society. Migrations, a widespread and historical process as it is, has diverse implications for individuals and society whether it takes place within or outside national boundaries. Indo-Nepal migration though an international migration has certain peculiarities due to geographical, socio-cultural and political factors. The geographical continuity between the two countries, socio-cultural similarities and inter-linkages, the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship and an open border has made migration between the countries a regular and an easy task. The migration of people form the far western hill region of Nepal to the neighbouring Indian city of Pithoragarh is a typical case of migration under marginality conditions. These Nepali emigrants involved in casual labour works and as porters are constrained to migrate for a certain period of time in a year due to subsistence agriculture and non-availability of other means of livelihood. Pithoragarh region provides an opportunity to them to find out alternative means of livelihood and also gives an opportunity to them for cash earnings. These cash earnings are necessary in order to meet basic needs of their family. This study provides an indepth analysis of the causes and impacts of migration in the context of a migrant community which is lesser known and unattended by the scholars. It is hoped that the book will provide an important input to the studies on migrations.
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About the author

B.C. Upreti

B.C. Upreti is a senior faculty member in the South Asia Studies Centre, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.  He is associated with the studies on Nepal for last three decades.  He has written extensively on South Asia in general and Nepal in particular.  Dr. Upreti has nearly two-dozen books to his credit and has also contributed nearly 80 research papers in different edited books and leading national and international journals.  Apart from his studies on Nepal, he has also taken interest on the studies on Bhutan and Uttarakhand.  The major thrust areas of his research are: Foreign Assistance; Developmental Issues and Challenges; Water Resources; Inter-State Migrations; Regional Security; Electoral Politics; Regional and Sub-Regional Cooperation in South Asia.

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Title The Marginal Migrants: A Study of Nepali Emigrants in India
Author B.C. Upreti
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187644435
length ii+133p., Charts; Plates; Tables