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Need for a Road Map of Effective and Inclusive Local Governance

Marginalized Communities and Decentralized Institutions in India: An Exclusion and Inclusion Perspective by Bala Ramulu Chinnala, New York: Routledge, 2021, pp xviii + 141, `995.

The forces of liberalisation, privatisation, and globalisation have restructured the national economies and polities across the world. In India, the economic and decentralisation reforms through the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts have coincided. Decentralisation in general and devolution in particular has attained significance in the post-economic reforms period. The three decades’ experiences of decentralised governance reforms provide an interesting yet challenging insight into the functioning of local governments in India. Against this backdrop, Bala Ramulu Chinnala’s work assumes critical importance in understanding the functioning of panchayati raj institutions (PRIs). The main focus of the book titled Marginalized Communities and Decentralized Institutions in India: An Exclusion and Inclusion Perspective is “to analyze the position of marginalized communities at grassroots-level democratic institutions and correlate macro-level concerns with micro-level knowledge with a view to build a dependable knowledge base on the subject” (p 15). It is also claimed that the book is “first of its kind on the performance of political executives of marginalized communities at grassroots-level democratic institutions” (p 15).

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Updated On : 11th Dec, 2023
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