ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Towards a Cultural Policy

 complex political implications: for suppose China catches on and develops into a domestic epidemic, the kingdom might then be in deep peril. Till now, Shahs have monopolised all the fertile tracts in the lush terai regions and in the Kathmandu valley, they are entrenched in the bureaucracy and in the professions. Till now, the tribes such as the Gurungs and the Gorkhas and the Thakalis have continued to be treat- ed like serfs and have not demurred. But nobody knows what might happen in case the northern wind starts to blow, particularly since, meanwhile, many members from these tribes had been abroad, serving in the ranks of the army and the police in other lands, and travel can broaden the mind. The ruling oligarchy in Nepal cannot afford to take the risk.

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