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Nepal-Nation-state in the Wilderness takes a critical look at three important aspects of modern Nepal: viability of the Nepali State, prospects and challenges of its liberal democracy, and strategies for managing the emerging geopolitical trends.
The author analyses the transformation of Maoists into a systemic party within the liberal-democratic set-up and the mutual distrust that developed afterwards. The book further explores the state of Nepal's physical location between China and India and Nepal's own incapacity to manage the geopolitical pulls and pressures arising out of its unique position.
The question, "Is democracy viable in Nepal?" provides a thematic outline to the book. Baral argues that though democratic values have triumphed in the recent past, democracy itself remains blurred in the absence of institutionalization. The book is an insight into the tenets of liberal democracy, its applicability to the scenario in Nepal, and the historical developments that determine how democracy takes shape.
The book is extremely useful for students of politics in Nepal and offers an excellent case study for those interested in the nature of state formation as well as the debate on state failures more widely.
(Economic & Political weekly, Vol 47, 20 October 2012)
About the Author
Lok Raj Baral is Professor and Executive Chairman of Nepal Centre for Contemporary Studies (NCCS), Kathmandu, Nepal. He has served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at Tribhuvan University during 1976-1989. He was also the President of the Nepal Political Science Association, Nepal Council of World Affairs, and Society for Constitutional and Parliamentary Exercises (SCOPE).
Professor Baral was a member of the delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1990 and International Research Committee member of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), and also served as Nepal's ambassador to India in 1996-1997. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and Fellow at CHR Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway.
His previous publications include Nepal: Quest for Participatory Democracy (2006); Elections and Governance in Nepal (2005); Nepal: Political Parties and Parliament (2004); The Regional Paradox: Essays in Nepali and South Asian Affairs (2000); Nepal: Problems of Governance (1993); Regional Migrations, Ethnicity and Security (1990); and The Politics of Balanced Interdependence (1988).