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  Indian Beggar with Child
by SumTingWong

Many Indians have moved into Kathmandu over the years and this has lead to a bit of hard feelings between the Nuwars and the Indian immigrants. The reason being is that the Indians moving in fall into two categories: entrepreneurs and beggars. The entrepreneurs are mostly Indian Muslims from Kashmir and they own many of the shops in the city, especially around Thamel. Indian beggars can be seen all over the city; for the most part they enter through the southern Indian border and just don't leave. They are what one Nuwari put it "begging competition". Many of them are very cruel beggars also, especially the women whom walk around with babies begging with bowls. Indians, for the most part, are naturally darker than the Nepalese, and I have seen many Nepali beggars point out that fact (darker skin in general represents a lower caste in Hindu theology).
Due to all the competition that the Indians cause, many Nepalese have come to resent their presence in Nepal.

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  • Written Dec 7, 2003
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