- Apr 2015
I mentioned originally not inhabited by Nepalese. Nepalese started to settle in Sikkim when Sikkim was annexed into Kingdom of Nepal and they continued to live there after monarchy in Sikkim was restored by the British, mostly the Lepcha and Bhutia lived before the Nepalese came, Nepalese were not considered equal citizens until Kingdom of Sikkim was merged into India in 1975. Many Nepalese settled in Darjeeling Hills to work in tea plantations of famous Darjeeling Tea. I was quite bewildered that many Nepalese nationalists are obsessed with Greater Nepal fantasy, also claiming history of Terai as their own but would hate the people who own this history.I agree with most of your points except one. Nepalese ethnic groups lived and were a majority in Sikkim. Historically large portions of Sikkim and eastern Nepal were the strongholds of the Kirats (Rai/Limbu).