Change Makers at Grassroots: Local Governance in Action
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About the Book :
This book, documenting twenty-three case studies, attempts to capture the distinct qualities of leadership at grassroots level in Tamil Nadu. Highlighting their commitment, sincerity, vision, hard work and honesty, it presents success stories of Panchayat leaders in diverse fields, such as maintaining communal harmony, natural resource management, water work, synergy between traditional and constitutional Panchayats, environmental protection, effective use of technology in the management of Panchayat finances, sanitation, making clean and plastic free village, rain water harvesting, mobilization of people for social action, development through forward and backward linkages, dalit and women empowerment, and relief and rehabilitation.
About Author :
Ganapathy Palanithurai, Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj studies, Department of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute—Deemed University, Gandhigram is an academic activist working with academic community, civil society, policy community and political community to impress upon them the importance and need of democratic local governance in India to enable the poor to lead a decent dignified human life. All his academic, research and outreach activities are being supported by an array of funding agencies namely the World Bank, the UNDP, the UNICEF, the Hunger Project, SDC, DANIDA, Action Aid International, the Ford Foundation, Population Foundation of India, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Toolkit Foundation—Netherland, Ministry of Panchayati Raj and State Planning Commission. He was a visiting Professor in Cologne University, Germany. He has to his credit seventy three books, 126 research articles, 112 popular articles in popular newspapers, 83 monographs published in a span of three decades. He is the coordinator of UGC-SAP and UGC innovative programme. He held several administrative positions like Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dean, Student's Welfare, Member, Syndicate, Member Senate, Member, and Academic Council in Gandhigram Rural Institute. He was and is member of many advisory committees of the Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu pertinent to local government and rural development.
M.A. Thirunavukkarasu is the Research Coordinator of the Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram. He is an expert in micro-planning and he has facilitated the panchayat leaders to prepare micro-plan document for their respective panchayats. Also, he is associated with capacity building exercise for local body leaders and has assisted in evolving training module and manual for local body leader training.
G. Uma, is a research coordinator in Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural University. Her research interests include local governance, Panchayati Raj Systems, disaster management and networking for elected women leaders of local bodies. She did her Ph.D. on Networking the Women Panchayat leader in Tamil Nadu. An effective gender trainer and facilitator in networking and associating women Panchayat leaders, she is sensitizing media to cover the issues of elected women representatives. She has to her credit three books and two monographs, besides a good number of articles published in journals of repute.