About the Book:
Building Political Culture in Nepal looks critically at various crucial aspects of the political culture of Nepal on the basis of Nepal's geography, economy, social hierarchy, ethnic groups, religion, and gender. It investigates their access, barrier, quality trend dimensions, and reviews political culture during different historical periods of Nepal. It analyzes a number of recent trends of political culture, especially after 1990. It is basically a study of attitude and orientation of people towards political parties, leaders, opposition,union demonstration, bureaucracy, foreign interference and overall satisfaction and dissatisfaction of people in general.
The book identifies the essential cultural and attitudinal bases for a workable democracy. An attempt has been made tom uncover deep-seated, long-held value characteristics of Nepali society and the political system that provides a thematic outline to the book. The author has analyzed split and fragmented political culture as the transitional, contextual and systemic problems that work against democratic culture in Nepal. The development of a democratic system depends upon the people's orientations to the political process and the political culture more than the structure of government and politics. Unless a political culture supports a democratic system, the chances of the success of that system are slim.The author has argued that political culture is more important than the model of governance.
The book encompasses both the political ideals and operating norms of a country and argues that standard political culture can easily face grave dangers. It is observed that the quest to study political reality will remain incomplete without the knowledge of political culture. Now in Nepal, where the culture of politics has turned to politics of culture, a study of Nepal’s political culture is expected to foster a cultural mode of political behavior. It is in this connection that the importance and validity of this book ought to be judged. The author believes that it will be a worthy enterprise for every ruling elite and intellectual, both for the development of discipline and contribution to civic culture.
About the Author:
Dr. Meena Vaidya Malla, a well known academician, is a Professor of Political Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She has earned M.A. degree in Political Science with first class and also Ph.D. from the Tribhuvan University. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience. She has published a number of research articles on political culture, socialization, women’s right and empowerment. She has presented a number of seminar papers on national security, democracy, conflict and women’s land right in national and international conferences. Prof. Malla has made significant contribution through her research works, especially to the women’s development sector. She has served as a member of high level task force on the issues of martyrs constituted under the home ministry of Nepal in 2010. She is associated also with several academic and research institutes. She is one of the members of subject committee of Political Science, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, TU. She is the vice chairperson of Academic Research and Development Study (ARDEC-Nepal), an NGO, committed to resuscitate the role of academia to the comprehensive development of Nepal. She is working as a gender course advisor in the Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University, in collaboration with the University of Life Sciences, Norway, University of Ruhana, Matara, Sri Lanka and Eastern University, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. She has been awarded with the Mahendra Vidya Bhusan class 1 medal of Nepal. She is the author of Political Socialization of Women in Nepal.