ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Panchayat Leaders in a West Bengal District

This study of the socio-economic background of the panchayat leaders in one of the blocks in Birbhum district confirms that a new type of leadership has come to dominate at the lower levels in the system of political devolution in West Bengal. Poor peasants and agricultural labourers and, therefore, also the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes have very much come to the forefront. On the other hand, however, there is still almost complete absence of women as candidates in the panchayat elections. Unlike the SC/STpopulation and the landless and near-landless occupation groups, women have not increased their visibility in the panchayat leadership.

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