One of India’s remarkable experiments after independence has been the mode of institutionalization of power to subserve self-rule at various levels of the polity. Concerns such as fairness, diversity and difference have been add-ons to it. There are many flaws in this endeavour but there are few today who deny its need. This volume documents this great experiment through specific case studies of many states, communities and concerns in India.
Valerian Rodrigues, National Fellow, ICSSR and Professor (Retired), Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
This book brings together critical evaluations of the various contemporary issues and aspects of decentralized governance in India. This is particularly welcome as many of the authors are young and upcoming researchers in the field. Various chapters of the book throw light on the evolution of the institutions of democratic decentralization, recent legislation, and problems in making such institutions work by situating them in the actual social structures and political practice.
K.C. Suri, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, India
E. Venkatesu teaches in the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, India. He was member of faculty at the National Institute of Rural Development (2004–11) and was Research and Training Coordinator at the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (2000– 2004). He has published several books including Panchayats and Building of Model Villages (2013), Grassroots Politics in India (2008) and Democracy and Development: A Backward Classes Perspective (in Telugu, 2004).