About the Book :
This book attempts to analyze the issues of globalisation and decentralisation from varied perspectives. Activities are on to stop globalization and yet globalization is being pursued vigorously by all stakeholers. In the same way decentralization is being discussed and everyone is positive towards it and yet it does not happen as in the case of globalization. A series of obstacles and barriers hinder the process of decentralization. Academics, administrators and activists are having a common commitment of protecting and helping the people to gain much from globalization but perspectives on the issues vary from individual to individual. There are individuals who argue that globalization brings both opportunities and threats. Hence preparing the people to make use of the opportunities and to avoid the threats is imperative. The book contains standpoints of eighteen individuals who have rich knowledge, experience and are active in the field of globalization and decentralization.
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.
R. Ramesh (1968) did his Ph.D. in Rural Development from the Gandhigram Rural University. He served as a Training Expert for the DANIDA on water and sanitation. He also served as a Project Officer for the Terre des Hommesa Netherlands based NGO. A proposal he wrote on "Establishing Community-managed Domestic Water Supply System" won for Gandhigram Trust the World Banks India country Level Development Marketplace Award-2004. He has co-authored with Prof. G. Palanithurai a book titled : Globalization Issues at the Grassroots and Analysing Community Problems Tentacles of PRA Methodology and Standpoints on Globalization. He has published around 20 articles, five of them in international journals. He is currently working as Assistant Professor of Rural Development at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia.