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Why do migrating Nepalis behave high and mighty?

There is an air about non-resident Nepalis, but the clout they seem to wield could well be diminishing

Despite having a relatively little-known and small global diaspora, Nepal has played catch-up rather quickly.
Despite having a relatively little-known and small global diaspora, Nepal has played catch-up rather quickly. PHOTO: AFP

Never having been subject to British rule, Nepal's historical trajectory has been quite different from its South Asian neighbours in many respects.

Yet, geography ensured that Nepalis themselves could not remain unaffected by developments in colonial India, including one of its defining features - the dispersal of South Asians across the globe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 03, 2019, with the headline 'Why do migrating Nepalis behave high and mighty? '. Print Edition | Subscribe