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Revisiting the Legacy of M N Srinivas

A new sociological imagination is needed to capture the totality of the social world of the village and beyond, the rapidly changing relationship between caste and class (and power), and especially of the subjective experiences and perspectives of the subalterns that did not figure adequately in M N Srinivas’s field-view.

Only 100 Days of Work in NREREGA?

In response to Mihir Shah’s article on ‘Employment Guarantee, Civil Society and Indian Democracy’ (November 17, 2007), I would like to point out that the central act on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) says, “the basic objective of the Act is to enhance livelihood security in...

NREGA: Absence of Ownership

It was quite interesting to go through the field observations on the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in Jharkhand (July 22, 2006), which suggest that the NREGA programme may well follow the same path as the earlier wage employment programmes. The involvement of...

Comparative Panchayat Systems

State Politics and Panchayats in India by Buddhadeb Ghosh and Girish Kumar; Manohar Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi, 2003; pp 243, Rs 475

Five Years of Participatory Planning in Kerala

Kerala's uniquely successful experiment in participatory planning has seen the mobilisation of several thousands of people in the implementation of the Ninth Five-Year Plan. The process had its problems that arose essentially from the absence of a clear perspective about decentralisation. The impact of changing policies following a change of government also has its effect on decentralised planning. An objective assessment of the plan campaign is hampered if viewed through the prism of partisan politics. This paper is also an attempt to look at the plan process from the perspective of decentralisation, rather than from the perspective of planning.

Building Social Capital through State Initiative

While the people's planning programme that began in 1996 is credited for the proliferation of grass roots level institutions in Kerala, this only added to the dense network of associational life that was built up in the state through years of social mobilisation and concomitant state action. This paper, based on a study of a village panchayat in Kottayam, looks at the objectives and trends that characterised this 'institutional revolution' and assesses its implications for social capital formation and the building up of a vibrant civil society capable of playing a vital role in local governance.

Jawahar Rozgar Yojana An Assessment

Jawahar Rozgar Yojana: An Assessment? M NEELAKANDAN's article Jawahar Rozgar Yojana: As Assessment Through Concurrent Evaluation' (EPW, December 3, 1994) is a commendable attempt to examine to what extent the programme objectives have been achieved, the deviations, if any from the guidelines; with an overall assessment of the workers by making use of the data of the concurrent evaluation conducted in 1992. Here we are attempting (1) to review Neelakandan's findings; and (2) to assess qualitative aspects of the findings and the acceptability of the concurrent evaluation data based on our empirical evidence and in depth field experience. (See Jos Chathukulam and V K Kurien, 'Participation of Rural Development and Delivery System: A Case Study of Jawahar Rozgar Yojana in Kerala', Centre for Rural Management, Kottayam (mimeo).

Panchayati Raj in Kerala-Tortuous Road

Tortuous Road Jos Chathukulam After repeated aborted attempts at democratic decentralisation, district councils are about to be constituted in Kerala under the District Administration Act, 1979 which had been kept in cold storage for 12 years.
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