THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
16 December 2017
Government : Panchayats
PATRIARCHY AND EMPOWERMENT
Unleashing Political Renaissance By Rejecting Patriarchy

Boregaon is a small village in Solapur district of Maharashtra where men have shunned the patriarchal mindset to support women’s political empowerment and gender equality, writes Suchismita Pai.

Culture Women's Representation Women

OPINION
A rocky road for Gram Swaraj The Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act Amendment Committee suggested reforms in the 1993 legislation to realise the ideal of decentralisation in letter and spirit. Nandana Reddy, a core member of the committee, holds the state accountable for the manner in which it has dealt with the report and proposed amendments.
OP-ED Laws KARNATAKA
GRASSROOTS GOVERNANCE
GPOD: Bringing management principles to gram panchayats As Gram Panchayats in Karnataka go to the polls this year, Madhavi Rajadhyaksha explores the untapped potential of these grassroots institutions and suggests ways in which their capabilities may be leveraged and capacity strengthened.
Government KARNATAKA
SAANSAD ADARSH GRAM YOJANA
Why good governance may need more than adoption of villages A new scheme launched by PM Narendra Modi envisages development through a model in which every MP chooses a village to develop, with people’s participation. Vikas Jha looks at the numbers and realities to explore the real needs of rural development at the panchayat level.
E-Govt Government
WOMEN IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Empowering rural women: Moving beyond 50 percent April 2015 elections to Karnataka’s gram panchayats will see a high representation of women, given 50 percent reservation at all tiers, but how can one ensure real authority for women in local governance? The recently proposed amendments to the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act may hold some answers.
Government Authority Women
LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN KERALA
Are too many ‘gramasabhas’ posing a challenge to governance? As the Kerala government takes steps to re-inspire citizens to engage in grassroots level governance, P Mohammad Nizar draws attention to certain critical issues that must be addressed for the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state to be effectively revitalised.
Government Opinions Kerala
WOMEN SARPANCHS
Competing effectively in MP panchayats Panchayats of Madhya Pradesh provide reservation of up to 50 per cent for women, but the participation of women in governance has gone beyond such new roles. Shirish Khare reports on how women leaders are transforming the very traditions and symbols of grassroots politics.
Government Authority M.P.
RURAL HEALTH
Health to the beat of drums Simple interventions and sustained joint efforts by civil society groups and the local panchayat have resulted in significant improvements in communication and increase in health awareness in some of Rajasthan's most backward districts. Swapna Majumdar reports.
Women's Health Health RAJASTHAN
RAJASTHAN'S WOMEN SARPANCHES
Discarding veils, embracing change Displaying extraordinary grit, courage and openness to change, women from some of the most feudal communities in Rajasthan's villages are changing the rules forever and leading development and local governance at the grassroots. Abha Sharma brings us their tales.
RAJASTHAN Authority Women
MIRACLE BY GOVERNANCE
A village with 60 millionaires! Once impoverished and drought-prone, Hiware Bazar in Maharashtra is a shining example of how a visionary leader can use good governance to make degraded areas resource-rich and transform the future of its people through empowerment and inspiration. Ramesh Menon reports.
Water MAHARASHTRA Society
OPINION
Empowering communities the right way Community engagement should be born out of respect for the participating community members and their capacities rather than as tokenism needed to fulfill a program requirement, writes R Balasubramaniam.
OP-ED R Balasubramaniam Voices from the Grassroots
PUSHBACK TIME IN BIHAR
They hit back, "and it felt good" A public hearing on NREGA in a remote village in Bihar created a confrontation between a leader accused of corruption and the workers who exposed him. Rajesh Veeraraghavan was there and he recorded this story.
Labour Issues BIHAR Human Rights
OPINION: NIPPING KARNATAKA'S PANCHAYATS
Once bitten, twice not shy This is a bill that the Governor of Karnataka sent back to the state government in 2007 saying that it "evidently seems to undermine the Constitutional mechanism for rural development governance.." The same bill may be back in the state assembly soon, warns Nandana Reddy.
Government KARNATAKA Guest Opinions
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