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Singha Durbar: Creating Possibilities for Collaborative Political Culture in the Public Imagination (Findings from the Viewership Survey 2016)
This is the viewership survey report of the SFCG Nepal produced Television Series Singh Durbar. The overarching theme of TV drama is good governance and leadership. It depicts how an inclusive government can function well during challenging times and highlight how various arms of the government actually address important issues by presenting a model of collaborative leadership that is able to resolve differences without violence. The fictional government in the media, both on TV and in radio dramas, is tackling nationally-relevant issues within a framework of good governance and rule of law. Some critical issues affecting Nepal, including climate change, food security, health, human trafficking, gender, and social inclusion have been addressed by fictional government depicted in the mass media.
The findings from the viewership survey demonstrate that the television drama was very successful and had a notable impact on thoughts and attitudes of the people who watched the program. However, the impact of the program has not been uniform as various groups in Nepal have responded differently to the issues and topics depicted in the drama. However, there was a high degree of consensus across all variables such as leadership, good governance, the importance of citizen-government collaboration in development, and an increased interest in local and central government processes.
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