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

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NEPAL- Of Trade and Transit

August 21, 1976 in Gujarat, were, related by Indira Rothermund, speaking for the Indian side of the team. From the comments of subsequent speakers, each one drawing upon his or her own field experience, it became increasingly clear that collaboration in research between foreigners and their South Asian colleagues involves very delicate adjustments on both sides. The main element leading to friction appears to be the financial one. The fact that the foreigners are putting up the funds for the research gives them in effect the right to dictate the aims and methods. It is "their" project. A further cause for resentment is the common practice of paying Indian collaborators at a lower rate and providing them with fewer fringe benefits such as housing and transport. There is also the underlying issue as to who is studying whose ty and why. Pratima Bowes (Sussex a professional philosopher, suggested that equality of status would be achieved only when South Asian research teams began to undertake ethnological investigations in Europe.

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