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Unrealised Democratic Potential

Panchayati Raj by Kuldeep Mathur (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), Oxford India Short Introductions, 2013; pp 224, Rs 195.

What Ails Panchayati Raj?

Two decades have elapsed since the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act institutionalised panchayati raj as the mandatory third tier of governance in India. Yet due to a lack of extensive devolution of the three Fs - functions, functionaries and funds - most panchayati raj institutions still operate as poor adjuncts to the bureaucracy and higher level governments. This paper reviews the process of devolving power to them and pinpoints the main obstacles in the path of establishing truly self-governing local bodies in rural areas. On the basis of this, recommendations are made to make them more effective.

Black Money and Inflation

I note with some concern that Kaushik Basu in his article on inflation (“Understanding Inflation and Controlling It”, EPW, 8 October 2011) has not seen it fit to discuss the possible role that black money may be playing in fuelling inflation. Though he does mention the massive leakages that are taking...

National Water Policy

Ramaswamy Iyer has made a commendable effort to draft a National Water Policy that tries to reform the current unsustainable approach to water resource management in this country (“National Water Policy: An Alternative Draft for Consideration”, EPW, 25 June 2011). I would like to make a few...

Cost-cutting and Environment Protection

The report of a round table discussion on the proposed National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) (“A Structure for Environment Governance: A Perspective”, EPW, 6 February 2010), while criticising the discussion paper of the Ministry of Environment and Forests for failing to properly state the...

Adivasis and Unjust Laws

Discussion Adivasis and Unjust Laws Rahul Banerjee Ram Guha in an otherwise excellent analysis of the predicament of central Indian adivasis in the post-independence era (

Madhya Pradesh: Socio-economic Base of Political Dynamics

MADHYA PRADESH Socio-economic Base of Political Dynamics RAHUL BANERJEE The authors of the set of studies on Madhya Pradesh (November 26, 2005) have to be commended for their varied and detailed analyses of the prevailing situation in the state. However, as the compiler of the studies has admitted, given the vastness and diversity of the state there remained some gaps. I would like to dwell here on one such crucial gap in the study on the political dynamics of Madhya Pradesh by Shaibal Gupta (SG). He has totally ignored the peasant mobilisations by the Socialist Party and its various later editions and the mobilisation of the industrial proletariat by the Communist Party of India in the early post independence years and also the mass mobilisations by non-party political organisations in the final two decades of the last century. This is primarily because SG has done a desk study of published literature on the history of political mobilisations in Madhya Pradesh and sadly there is a total lack of scholarly studies on the mobilisations of the socialists and communists. Apart from Amita Baviskar

Pillar to Post in Quest of Justice

The killing of an adivasi, even in police firing, entitles the family to compensation under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules. But in the case of Roopsingh, who was killed in 1999 in Madhya Pradesh, an application for compensation has been pending since September of that year in the high court. The compensation has been denied on flimsy grounds and in doing so, the judiciary and bureaucracy have joined hands to further victimise the victim?s family.
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