Dalits and Dalit Representatives in Rural Local Governance: Voices from the Field

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  • Author :G. Palanithurai
  • Year of Publication :2013
  • ISBN: :9788180699719
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 132
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Political Science, Sociology

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About the Book :

Reservation of seats for Dalits in rural local bodies proportionate to their population through the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution of India has provided enormous opportunities for the Dalits to enter into the arena of decision-making, which will enable them to empower the entire Dalit Communities. Space for participation has been created for Dalits. But the moot question is whether the stakeholders are fully equipped to participate in the process of governance and development. The task is tough and difficult as the rural communities are strongly rooted in caste structure and community practices. Hence, the elected Dalit Representatives have to face volley of problems while discharging the duties and responsibilities. Despite the challenges, the Dalit Representatives have assumed power and offices. They are in struggle. It is visible through the reports of the media. They have to fight against all kinds of discriminatory practices in Periyar land. In order to understand the process of transformation of Dalits, a study has been undertaken in rural Tamil Nadu. In Periyar land how the Dalits are treated and how their voices are stifled are brought to light through this study. This study is the outcome of an intensive fieldwork done by a team of scholars in Evidence. Condition of the Dalit representatives and the Dalits have been studied. Along with the above, a report of the public hearing on land rights violations has been attached in this small monograph.

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.