South Asia Human Security Series Nepali State, Society and Human Security An Infinite Discourse Dhruba Kumar ISBN 984 05 1794 5 2008 380pp 215x136mm HB Tk.540.00 US$27.00
This study narrates the context and complexity of the state-society relations in Nepal and puts the socio-economic and political situation of Nepal into perspective against the background of the emerging discourses on non-traditional security. Nepali state, which is traditionally seized by the misgovernance of its political leaderships, has never been sensitive towards the dignity of its citizenry. Hence, the question that looms large is whether and how far can human security be achieved through the existing political structure in which the state apparatuses are vital to centralized authority? The question is integral to the process of state restructuring as has been demonstrated during the course of Jana Andolan II in April 2006 and after.
The Study concludes that the plan for shaping a future for Nepal is still at an embryonic stage. However, the inspiration behind the change is alive and alert among the toiling mass.
Dhruba Kumar is Professor of Political Science at the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal. He was FCO Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, England; Ford Visiting Scholar at the Programme in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, University of Illinois, Urbana Campaign, IL, USA; and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Asian and International Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He has also served on contract as a Professor at IDEC, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan. In 2002, he was a member of the SEAS 2002 Conference jointly sponsored by the USCINCPAC and the Department of State for security professionals of the Asia/Pacific region.
He is the author and editor of several edited volumes and has contributed chapters on edited books by different scholars along with numerous research papers published both in national and international journals. His recent publications include Proximate Causes of Conflict in Nepal (2005); Impact of Conflict on Security and the Future: The Case of Nepal (2005); Terrorism and Subalterneity, Understanding ‘Terrorism’ in Nepal: The Marginalization Syndrome (2005). He is currently engaged in completing a manuscript on Political Violence in Nepal.