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Grassroots Politics in India

E. Venkatesu (Author)

The book discusses three important aspects of the post-independent democracy. These three aspects include decentralization, transparency, and localization of the democracy. In India democracy is a modern phenomenon, which came into existence in the process of nationalism against British imperialist colonial domination. The founding fathers of the Constitution provided right to quality for all the citizen, but there were issues of decentralization, transparency and social basis of the democracy. There are serious attempts to overcome these issues through amending the Constitution, enacting new laws and policies.

As a result of 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendment Acts, India has got unprecedented leadership at the grassroots level, while extending social basis to the women and historically marginalized communities. The Acts also provided the platform for the participation of citizens in the decision making and distribution of the fruits of development. Similarly, the introduction of Right to Information Act resolved a contradiction between colonial Acts vs. Indian Constitution to intensify the process of paradigm shift from State centric to Citizen centric model of Development.

Democracy, for that matter any political system, requires social forces for its effective operation. The post-independent democratic political system created favourable conditions for the participation of multiple social forces and at the same time these social forces also started mobilizing through various instruments to get their due share.

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About the author

E. Venkatesu

E. Venkatesu born in Pasaldinne village of Yemmiganur Mandal in Kurnool District of Andhara Pradesh.

Ph.D & M. Phil from Central University,  Hyderabad.

Post-Graduation from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and
Grauated from AP Residential Degree College, Nagarjuna Sagar,
At present Assistant Professor, Centre for Panchayati Raj, National Institute of Rural Development since 2004.
Training and Research Coordinator in Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty, Hyderabad for four years.
Fellow SRTT-Naandi Foundation and
Participated in the election studies of Centre for Study of Developing Societies.

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Bibliographic information

Title Grassroots Politics in India
Author E. Venkatesu
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788183873345
length x+216p., Tables; Figures; Notes; References; Index; 23cm.