Indo Nepalese: Socio Cultural Dimension

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  • Author :K.K. Muktan
  • Year of Publication :2018
  • ISBN: :9789386682321
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XL, 271
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: International Studies, North East Indian Studies, Sociology

About the Book :

This book makes a critical re-appraisal of the ethno-cultural dimensions of Nepal and India and traces the parameters of socio-cultural, political, religious and linguistic unities and uniformities that exist between the two countries. The Gangetic valley of India was the cradle of Indo-Aryan civilization while Gandaki river of Nepal happened to be the ancient habitat of the Nepalese people. The former was known as Aryavarta (land of Aryans) while the latter was called Sapta-Gandaki (basin of seven tributaries of Gandaki). As the Aryans grew-up in population they advanced further towards the east and pushed the indigenous tribes living there up the sub-Himalayan region. As a result, the Kiratas were the first historically known people to enter Nepal from the North-Eastern frontiers of India. A few centuries thereafter, more advanced Hinduised people from northern India known as the Lichchhavis, Thakuris, and Mallas went to Nepal and established their kingdoms. They carried with them India's vedic culture and religion and initiated the people of Nepal into their culture and faith. The advent of the Rajputs in14th century and the rise in power of the Gorkha dynasty, eventually succeeded in uniting the small principalities into a greater Nepal in the middle of 18th century.
Mr. Muktan, in this book, lucidly brings out the close affinities of culture, religion, language and ethnicity that exist between the peoples of India and Nepal and yearns for a closer relationship, harmony and richness of life between them.

About Author :

K.K. Muktan, a retired bureaucrat turned author, was born and brought up in Assam, the North East Region of India in 1931. After graduating from St. Anthony's College, Shillong in 1953 he did his M.A. in Economics from the Allahabad University and joined Assam Civil Service (ACS) in 1960. On bifurcation of Meghalaya from Assam Mr. Muktan was absorbed in the Meghalaya Civil Service (MCS) in 1975. He acted in the capacity of District Sessions Judge and the Head of various development departments of the Government of Meghalaya and is now settled in Shillong after retiremen.
Having been closely associated with the activities of social upliftment throughout his service life, Mr. Muktan is deeply interested in the dynamics of Indian society. As Advisor of the Meghalaya Pensioners' Association he has been serving the cause of retired pensioners and the aged people. Mr. Muktan has to his credit a number of books like—The Legendary Gorkhas, Planning for Retirement, The Gorkhas in the Freedom Struggle of India and many articles.