Making Panchayats Work as Local Democracy

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India celebrated 20 years of National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24, 2013. A ceremony of sorts was held in Vigyan Bhawan where Hon’ble Prime Minister distributed some awards and made some innocuous remarks like “bureaucracy is holding panchayats down”. He has been making similar remarks on this Day for the past several years. Ironically, […]

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Making Democracy Work—For All Citizens

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The euphoria of recent ‘Arab Springs’ is beginning to die down; the newly elected president of Egypt has forcibly ‘voted in’ a new democratic constitution, without concern for its secular, Coptic and other sections of society. The recently elected government in Tunisia is ceding political space to ‘jihadi’ ideologues to propagate sectarian parochialism, and the […]

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