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Tribals and Panchayats of Central India

R.D. Maurya (Author)
Synopsis This book, comprising eight chapters, tries to address the issues of tribal self-governance and emerging dimensions of relationship between traditional tribal panchayats and new Panchayat Raj institutions after the introduction of 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act 1993. The findings and conclusions of the book is based on the empirical data which was generated by intensive and extensive field-work and close interaction and observation of tribals of Baster and Jhabua districts of united Madhya Pradesh. This book also try to examine the pattern of relationship and functional linkages between traditional panchayat of tribals and new Panchayat Raj institutions. It has also analysed the areas of cooperation and conflict between traditional and new Panchayat Raj leadership.

The traditional system of governance had undergone a drastic change in Jhabua district. After the independence the dynastic rule and their agent i.e. Thikanedars had been dislodged from the power position. However, at village level tribal traditional panchayats still functional and playing an important role in self-governance system of the tribal community in Jhabua district. In Bastar district the structure and nature of tribal panchayats are different from Jhabua district. The tribals of Bastar district had strong cohesive political structure of which the ruler of Bastar who was also the Chief Priest of the Goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of tribals, is regarded as the political head. Chapter 6 of this deals with the issue of women participation in new Panchayat Raj institutions and its impact on their socio-economic development. It also analyse the impact of Panchayat Raj on development and empowerment of tribals of central India.
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About the author

R.D. Maurya

Dr. R.D. Maurya is currently Professor and Head, Rural Development of panchayat Raj Division at BANISS, Mhow. He got his higher education from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has earlier served at NIRD, Hyderabad as a faculty member. He has been a vistor's nominee as a Member of Founding Board of Management at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Central University, Lucknow. He has been a Member of Governing Body and Management Committee at BANISS, Mhow. He has been nominated of Planning Commission, Government of India on Scheduled Castes, Minorities and Backward Classes Development and Empowerment for 11th Five Year Plan. The author has written and published more than 25 articles in reputed journals and books. He has also extensively participated and organized National and International conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Training Programmes. He has also guided more than 80 M.Phil. scholars and 15 Ph.D. scholars for the successful completion of their degrees at BANISS, Mhow. He has also completed 18 project studies deals with the issues of social justice, human right, rural development and decentralised governance and SC and ST development and empowerment in contemporary situation.

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Bibliographic information

Title Tribals and Panchayats of Central India
Author R.D. Maurya
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176466840, 9788176466844
length xxvii+259p., Tables; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.