Panchayati raj: Key to good governance and inclusion4 min read . Updated: 23 Apr 2013, 08:29 PM IST
It’s obvious that Indian experience with local governance is not what it should have been, but a change is underway
New Delhi: Later this week, the country will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the constitutional amendments that made it mandatory for the creation of panchayats—the village-level bodies that deliver self-governance. Most may not be aware that this could well have been the eve of its 25th anniversary, but for the three-vote defeat that the amendments, proposed by Rajiv Gandhi in 1989, suffered in the Rajya Sabha. The narrative of the defeat of the original amendments captures the chequered progress that India has had with self-governance, a process that predates the British colonization of India.
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