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

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The Making and Unmaking of Kerala’s Strongman

Pinarayi Vijayan took charge as the chief minister of Kerala with a “strongman image” after leading the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the state with a firm hand for a record 17 years. As his government celebrates its first anniversary, this article examines the criticism his government is facing.

Shalishi in West Bengal

Traditional community/village level dispute resolution systems still coexist with formal processes of justice and administration. The `shalishi' is one such method of arbitration in West Bengal that has been used by NGOs to intervene effectively in settling domestic violence cases. Shalishi scores over the more formal legal avenues of dispute resolution because of its informal set up. But deriving its legitimacy as it does from the conventional norms and values of the community it works in favour of keeping the family intact, often compromising feminist notions of empowerment.

Comparative Panchayat Systems

State Politics and Panchayats in India by Buddhadeb Ghosh and Girish Kumar; Manohar Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi, 2003; pp 243, Rs 475
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