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

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PANCHAYATS-The Dark Side

exports. It is time Manmohan Singh and his team of experts in the finance ministry take a lesson or two from these experiences. PANCHAYATS The Dark Side DECENTRALISATION of power through panchayats with the professed aim of democratising rural society may quite often subvert the objective, given the continuing socio-cultural hegemony of the conservative forces in the panchayats. A recent report from Rajasthan should be an eye- opener. Newly elected sarpanches of 38 gram panchayats in Bassi block of Jaipur district have unanimously passed a resolution condemning, and deciding to boycott, the 'saathins' (women community workers for social change), who in Rajasthan had been working especially to bring about an end to the widespread system of child-marriage in the state.

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