Nepal: On Nationality and Ethnicity!

Slain jawan R.B.H Thakuri of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) has been accorded Guard of Honour at the sixth OSAP battalion at Cuttack, Orissa. He was killed in the Maoist attack in Kandhamal's Daringibadi area on Sunday night. The incident took place when Maoists suddenly attacked the jawans while they were returning to their camp after a combing operation. Incidently, The Times of India reports that Thakuri was from Nepal and his mortal remains will be taken to Nepal after his cremation at Jharsuguda. The Telegraph reports that Thakuris’ body was sent to his native place in Manipur. So the question that arises is this. Is Thakuri a Nepali national or a ethnic Nepali? Is Nepal and Nepali a nationality, an ethnicity or both?