This book explores experiences, issues and challenges which have emerged since Constitutional status was granted to the local bodies at grassroots level in India in the early 1990s. Among other issues, it focuses on: the contrasting political ideas of Mahatma Gandhi and B. R. Ambedkar on Panchayati Raj Institutions the legal and constitutional prov
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List of Figures List of Tables List of Abbreviations Foreword Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Local Self Government thought in India: Some Reflections on Gandhi and Ambedkar 2. Committee System and Its Functioning in Panchayati Raj Institutions of India 3. Democratic Decentralization in West Bengal A Devolution perspective 4. Issues in Devolution of Functions, Functionaries and Funds to PRIs: A Comparative Assessment of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Kerala 5. Reservation in the Panchayati Raj Institutions and Empowerment of the Dalit in Uttar Pradesh: Achievements and Limitations 6. Panchayat Extension to Schedule Areas (PESA) Act and Empowerment of Adivasis in Undivided Andhra Pradesh 7. Political Representation for Empowerment of Women and Constraints 8. The status of forest rights and self-governance among the tribes in the protected areas of Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary in Telengana State 9. Decentralized Governance in North-East India: A Comparative study of Bodoland Territorial Council and Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council 10. Decentralisation and Civil Society: Elementary Education Management in Madhya Pradesh 11. Understanding Nestedness in Democratic Decentralisation through the Lens of Forest Resource Governance in Tamil Nadu 12. Emerging Conflicts between Panchayati Raj Institutions and Khap Panchayats in Haryana 13. Parallel Organizations and Subversion of the Grassroots Democracy in Andhra Pradesh 14. Decentralized Governance, Conflict Resolution and Functioning of Panchayat Raj Institutions in Jammu and Kashmir 15. Local Governance, Changing Profile of Elected Public Representatives and Efforts for Capacity Development in India E Index
E. Venkatesu teaches in the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, India. He was member of faculty at the National Institute of Rural Development (2004–11) and was Research and Training Coordinator at the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (2000– 2004). He has published several books including Panchayats and Building of Model Villages (2013), Grassroots Politics in India (2008) and Democracy and Development: A Backward Classes Perspective (in Telugu, 2004).