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Dalits and Dalit Representatives in Rural Local Governance: Voices From the Field

G. Palanithurai (Author)

Reservation of seats for Dalits in rural local bodies through the 73rd amendment of the Constitution has provided opportunities for them to empower themselves through decision-making. But a vital question is whether the stakeholders are equipped to participate in the process of governance and development given the caste structure and community practices in the rural communities. The volume takes up the way the Dalit representatives are discharging their duties in rural set-ups and their struggle to fight against discriminatory practices. With the focus on Tamil Nadu and based on an intensive fieldwork, the monograph points out the lack of a clear-cut manual for Panchayati Raj administration and highlights the need to develop the capacity of the Dalit Panchayat leaders. It also presents a report of the public hearing on land rights violations.

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About the author

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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Title Dalits and Dalit Representatives in Rural Local Governance: Voices From the Field
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.09.2013
Edition 1st.ed.
Language: English
isbn 8180699714, 9788180699719
length xviii+114p., 23cm.