Nation Building and Local Leadership - A Study from South India

Nation Building and Local Leadership - A Study from South India
By Dr. John Pulparampil

This book on Nation Building and Local Leadership is a unique one without a parallel. It has evolved from the first ever Ph. D. thesis in India on the subject of Nation Building (submitted and approved for the award of Ph. D. from the JNU, New Delhi, in 1977). This book contains: (a) Theoretical justification for the study of nation building and local leadership; (b) Conceptual analysis of the concept and process of Nation building; (c) A review of Nation building in India from the phase of the nationalist movement till 1977 from a historical perspective; (d) Empirical study on the image of nation building held by the local leaders in Tamil Nadu and Kerala selected for this study; (e) Conceptual analysis of the empirical findings from the behavioral study of the local leaders studied; and (f) Valuable and up-to-date profile of the important socio- political leaders of Kerala and Tamil Nadu given as Annexure at the end of the book. The book is a source of information and insights to those interested in understanding the dynamics of political evolution in Tamil Nadu and Kerala since the middle of the 20th century till now, including both teachers and students of fields like Political Science, Public Administration and Public policy formulation. The book provokes well-meaning political leaders of the day to ask and answer the question "Are we doing and accomplishing and what we are expected to be doing and accomplishing?". The author holds the academic qualifications of M.A.(First Class) in Political Science from the M.S. University, Baroda); M. Phil and Ph.D. in Political Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; M.B.A. (with Distinction) from the University of Leeds, U.K.; and E.K.S. from the Mewes System, Frankfurt, Germany. He has worked as a faculty member in JNU, New Delhi, SGU, Surat, and IMG (since 1976 till retirement in 2008). After retirement he worked as Professor and Director of the Head, Dept. of Management Studies in the MBA Department, Mar Athanasius College, Kothamangalam, followed by being Dean, Marian Academy of Management Studies, Kothamangalam, and as Professor and Head of the Department of Management Studies in the Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology (VJCET), Vazhakulam, Kerala, India. He was also Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Kerala. Through four study tours to the USA, he has been able to improve his comparative understanding of the management of people and organizations. For several years, he was a member of the American Political Science Association, American Society for Public Administration, and American Management Association. He is a Life Member of the Indian Institute of Public Administration and the Quality Circle Forum of India. He is also an ardent student of Yoga and the Indian traditions in value management. He can be contacted through:
johnpulparampil@Yahoo.com