Communities Panchayats and Governance at Grassroots
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About the Book :
This volume, containing seven articles, attempts to examine the role of Community Panchayats in the affairs of the communities in the context of the establishment of grassroots governing institutions through the 73rd Constitutional Amendment in India. Analyzing the interface between the Community Panchayats and Constitutional Panchayats in managing the entitlements of the community, it traces the factors responsible for conflict and synergy between the two. Special emphasis is put on natural resource management.
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.
V. Ragupathy is Reader in the Department of Development Administration and Political Science at Gandhigram Rural Institute (Deemed University,) Tamil Nadu, India. He is also the Associate Coordinator of Institute Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies.Dr. Ragupathy has served many high level committees of the Government of Tamil Nadu, State Planning commission and various development agencies. He is engaged as well in several research projects, supported by DANIDA and Ford Foundation.