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Village Panchayats in Maharashtra
Village panchayats in Maharashtra

Maharashtra, a state of Marathi-speaking population was carved out of the Bombay Province in 1960 and since then it has been seen as a typical example of a dominant caste thesis. The Marathas, a middle-peasantry caste accounting for around 30 per cent of the total population of the state, dominate the power structure in Maharashtra. In no other state of India do we find a caste as large as the Marathas. In the past years, scholars have turned their attention to the rural society of Maharashtra in which they thought the roots of this domination lay. Anil Bhatt conducted a study of politics in Akola District (Bhatt, 1963) while B.S. Baviskar examined the role of cooperatives in Ahmednagar ...

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