Modernisation in Nepal (A Rare Book - Slightly Pinholed)

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Item Code: NAG675
Author: S.K. Srivastava (Editor)
Publisher: Banaras Hindu University
Language: English
Edition: 1986
Pages: 248
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 350 gm
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The process of modernisation owes its origin and development in the Western countries late in the 19th century. The modernisation can not be considered as a concept or a theory, nor can it be equated with westernisation. The process has resulted from industrialisation and commercialisation in the West. The modernisation has been characterised by changes in technology, increasing use of inanimate power, growth of trade and commerce, breakdown of traditional feudal structure and rise of modern polity and economy and above all development of scientific world view according to some well known scholars.

Perhaps, the studies on modernisation have aroused the largest interest of a great number of social scientists from various disciplines and, therefore, modernisation can claim itself to be the centre of interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches. But the most important form of ideological response to modernisatlon has come from the forces of nationalism in the Third World countries. Modernisation, therefore, creates challenges from traditional societies of Asia and other Third World countries. The process of modernisation is an integrative one and any polarity between tradition and modernisation is illogical, since tradition may also modernise itself and modernisation may change-itself into different facets of tradition.

The processes of modernisation in Nepal, India and other South Asian countries will have to be understood from the new emerging trends and patterns from the blend and synthesis between forces and processes of tradition and modernisation during last one hundred and fifty years or so.

The present volume of papers submitted by different eminent scholars consists of various aspects of their thoughts on political economic and social modernisation of Nepal and South Asia. The contributors to the volume reflect an interdisciplinary approach and cover a broad canvas of socio-economic and political scenario of Nepal.

The contributors have, therefore, given their own perceptions of social reality of modernisation of Nepal which represents a unique blend of traditional structure and modernisation of tradition in terms of emerging economy and polity which stand at the threshold of a new era. We hope and trust that Nepal shall emerge as a great example of this synthesis and usher in a new' horizon of development, a new path of progress and a new perspective of growth by the turn of the century.

I congratulate the authors of the papers in providing new insights into the complexities of evergrowing and changing scenario of Nepal. I am confident that they would inspire the scholars of coming generations who want to see new horizons of peace, prosperity and progress in the Himalayan Kingdom, of Nepal.



1 Modernization in South Asia: Perspective and Problem 3
2 Development Sans Renaissance 14
3 A Note on the Study of Political Transition in the Third World 22
4 Modernization of Nepal: A Theoretical Approach 27
5 Modernization in South Asia: Patterns and Trends 36
6 The Concept of . Political Modernization with Particular Reference to South Asia 42
7 Hypothetical Spectrum of Nepal as a Zone of Peace Vis-a-Vis South Asia 54
8 Tangled Politics of Nepal 61
9 Bureaucracy in Nepal: A Shift from Tradition to Modernity 69
10 Role of Polical Institutions in the Modernization of Nepal 79
11 The State as Power Resource in Nepal 90
12 Modernisation and Political Participation: The Nepalese Context 97
13 Monarchy as an Agent of Modernisation in Nepal 112
14 Role of Political Parties in Political Modernization of Nepal 132
15 Resource Mobilization in Nepal 149
16 Industrial Development, 1950•1980 168
17 Land Reform: The Key to Meaningful Modernization of Nepal 182
18 Nepal's Economic Growth: Aspects of Modernization 212
19 Changing Status of Women in Nepal 220
20 Role of Nepali Language and Literature in the Integration and Modernization of Nepal 227


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