ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Democratic Management of Common Property in Goa

Common property was controlled and regulated by a highly endemic, localised, semi-autonomous institution called the 'gaonkaria' in Goa. In the colonial period, this institution was considerably overhauled by the Portuguese who rechristened it as 'communidade'. Communidades were internally modified to direct the agrarian surplus to the Portuguese but after liberation both national and state governments neglected and superseded these rural institutions by modern ones, resulting in their degeneration. An attempt is made here to propose some alternatives by which the communidades can be revived and if possible be replaced with gram sabhas

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