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

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Dependency versus Autonomy

This essay tries to analyse historically the roots of the basic contradictions which have haunted the rural self-governing institutions of India. These contradictions have been further sharpened by the 73rd constitutional amendment. Though the concept of self-government at the local level has been guaranteed by the Constitution, it has been given a go by in practice by the ruling establishment. Institutional changes brought about by the 73rd amendment have helped create a space at the grass roots level for these contradictions to be challenged by disadvantaged sections. This might create a ground swell demanding autonomy of panchayats to ensure responsive and accountable governance at the local level.

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