Nepal’s Tarai: Backwater or New Frontier

October 20, 2006 at 10:42 am 2 comments

Nepal’s Tarai: Backwater or New Frontier 

The tourist brochures about Nepal invariab­ly look to the hills, and the rhetoric gf the national identity is derived from the moun­tainous regions of the country.
Nepal‘s southern lowlands, the tarai, does not fit the image most people have of the country. Says a Himalayan anthropologist, “The Kingdom of Nepal is…an archetypal Hill and Mountain society.”

Many Nepalis themselves think of the tarai merely as a strip of sub-tropical flatlands bor­dering India, inhabited by the gracious Tharus. Until recently, the tarai for some was nothing more than a place to go hunting. Still others were aware only of its unbearably high summer temperatures.

These attitudes are part ignorance and part geo-centric ity, rooted in the belief that the hills contain the soul of Nepal. But the tarai is neither small nor insignificant. It includes 20 of Nepal‘s 75 districts, slightly under half the country’s total population of 18 million and 15 per cent of the total land.

The tarai people with their diverse back­ground form an integral part of the national mosaic. The region has become the nation’s bread-basket, its industrial heartland, and a pressure valve for the over-populated hills. The tarai is being increasingly described as
Nepal‘s new economic frontier.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anna  |  December 1, 2006 at 9:09 am

    Excuse me…. I’m Anna. I need to find who are Tarai in Nepal.
    Remember is WHO.Please due till this sunday.

  • 2. Anna  |  December 1, 2006 at 9:13 am

    I have a faver to ask. If you could find me a research about WHO are Tarai people in Nepal. Remember it is WHO. Please due it till this sunday. Thanks.

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