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D. Bandyopadhyay, Saila K. Ghosh & Buddhadeb Ghosh

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Chapter 2: Dependency Versus Autonomy: The Identity Crisis of India's Panchayats1

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Dependency Versus Autonomy: The Identity Crisis of India's Panchayats1
Dependency versus autonomy: The identity crisis of India's panchayats
D.Bandyopadhyay, SailaK.Ghosh and BuddhadebGhosh
Local Government under British Rule
The Myth of Local Self-Government in British India

The apologists of British rule in India generally aver that whatever might be the deficiencies of colonialism, it was the colonial government which had introduced several modern institutions on which the post-colonial state could rebuild itself. According to them, the local self-government institutions set up by the imperial government provide one such example, because it was that government, which, for the first time in India, created a forum for participation of people in the public sphere. Such a position is untenable. For, the local government institutions created by the imperial state were, no doubt, ...

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