World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Nepali Indian


Nepali Indian

Indian citizens of Nepali origin
Total population
Estimated at up to 4,100,000[1]
0.40% of the India's population
Regions with significant populations
Assam and meghaloy.
Related ethnic groups
Nepali people

Nepali Indians (also Indian Nepalese, Indian Nepali or Nepalese Indians Nepali: भारतीय नेपाली) are people who are citizens or full-time residents of India whose ethnic ancestry lie fully or partially in Nepal. They speak many languages and dialects, but Nepali language, also included as one of the official languages of India, is understood and spoken by all.


  • History 1
    • Gurkhas 1.1
  • Notable Indians of Nepali origin 2
  • References 3


Much of present-day Northern India were under the kingdom of Nepal before becoming a part of East-India during the British Raj. For example, the Darjeeling District of West Bengal was a part of Sikkim and for some time a part of Nepal. Sikkim, the only state in India with ethnic Nepali majority, became part of India in 1975. Other areas with significant Nepali population include Uttrakhand, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya. The Nepali population is also scattered throughout India in all major cities, especially Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.


The 1st Battalion of 1 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army. Currently there are 7 Gorkha regiments in the Indian Army.

Since the formation of India in 1947, as per the terms of the Britain–India–Nepal_Tripartite_Agreement, six Gorkha regiments, formerly part of the British Indian Army, became part of the Indian Army and have served ever since. The troops are Gorkhas, residents of Nepal and ethnic Gorkha(Nepali) citizens of India . They have a history of courage in battle, evident from the gallantry awards won by Gorkha soldiers and battle honours awarded to Gorkha battalions, both before and after joining the Indian Army. A seventh Gorkha Rifles regiment was re-raised in the Indian Army after Independence to accommodate Gorkha soldiers of 7th Gurkha Rifles and the 10th Gurkha Rifles who refused to transfer to the British Army. Many Nepalese origin Gorkha soldiers settled in India.

Notable Indians of Nepali origin


  1. ^ Soldiers, Migrants and Citizens Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.