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Change Makers at Grassroots: Local Governance in Action

G Palanithurai (Author) M.A. Thirunavukkarasu (Author) G. Uma (Author)
Synopsis This book, documenting twenty-three case studies, attempts to capture the distinct qualities of leadership at grassroots level in Tamil Nadu. Highlighting their commitment, sincerity, vision, hard work and honesty, it presents success stories of Panchayat leaders in diverse fields, such as maintaining communal harmony, natural resource management, water work, Synergy between traditional and constitutional Panchayats, environmental protection, effective use of technology in the management of Panchayat finances, sanitation, making clean and plastic free village, rain water harvesting, mobilization of people for social action, development through forward and backward linkages, Dalit and women empowerment, and relief and rehabilitation.
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About the authors

G Palanithurai

G. Palanithurai teaches Political Science and Development Administration at the Post-Graduate level in Rural University, Gandhigram. Tamil Nadu, Currently he is the chairman of the Department of Politics and Public Administration. He has a number of books to his credit. Some of the important titles include Reaction and Response in Legislature, Role Perception of Legislators, A Comparative Analysis of Political Performance of DMK and AIADMK, Perspectives on Indian Regionalism,Ethnic Movement in India: Theory and Practice, Dynamics of Tamil Nadu Politics in Sri Lankan Ethnicity, Indian Polity: Myth and Reality and Management of ethnic Conflict in India and Canada He has written extensively in national and international Journals on Legislative Behaviour and Ethnicity. He has completed a major research project funded by ICSSR besides other minor projects. He was awarded Shastri Indo Canadian Institute fellowship to visit Canada and the US to write a book on Ethnic Conflict Management in Canada and India. He has undertaken major project entitled, Strategies to stimulate upward Social Mobility, with The Mother's Service Society, Pondicherry. He is actively involved in the thinktank group in Tamil Nadu to prepare an Agenda for 21st Century, Tamil Nadu. He is a life member of various professional associations.

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M.A. Thirunavukkarasu

M.A. Thirunavukkarasu, the Field Co-ordinator of The Hunger Project, Gandhigram Rural Institute, is an activist working with people at grassroots level. He along with veteran Gandhian activists Jegannathan and Krishnammal, participated in tillers movements. He is an expert in micro-planning and he has facilitated the Panchayat leaders to prepare micro plan document for their respective panchayats.

G. Uma

G.Uma presently works as the Co-ordinators of The Hunger Project in Gandhigram Rural Institute. As a Co-ordinators of the project for Tamil Nadu, she co-ordinated woman leadership training programme for the elected woman representatives, especially woman presidents of Gram Panchayats. She was instrumental in sensitiizing the grassroots media to cover the struggle of the woman leaders in the Panchayat Raj System.

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Bibliographic information

Title Change Makers at Grassroots: Local Governance in Action
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8180694712, 9788180694714
length xii+296p., Tables; Figures; Index; 29cm.