Political Participation During The Panchayati Raj Institutions : A Selected Case Study Of Burdwan District Of West Bengal

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Political Participation and Empowermentof Women in the Panchayati Raj Institutions: A Selected Case Study of Burdwan District of West Bengal Mr. Rajesh Das Assistant Professor & In – Charge Department of Mass Communication University of Burdwan, West Bengal Mail: Mob: 91-9051355065 & Ms. DebaratiDhar PhD Scholar Department of Mass Communication University of Burdwan, West Bengal Mail: Abstract The present paper attempts to study the concept of democratic decentralization and participation of women in the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).The state West Bengal has witnessed almost 40 years of long successful achievement in PRIs that is also considered as a Role Model throughout the …show more content…

The high degree of patriarchal society desperately dominates the decision-making processes both in private as well as public domains. Whereas the school of political science describes that Politics means a democratic, participatory, responsible and straight- dealing process. It was also mentioned in the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights, 1966 that politics could form a humane and equitable society. One major therapy prescribed by women empowerment advocates that participation of women in political decision making level could bring a good connection between vibrant and participatory democracy and dignity of women community. Hence, three tier Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), a democratic, participatory rural administration- would be a right alternative to safeguard women’s participation right as well as a platform for practicing their political decision making right. Considering this male hegemony, Indian Parliament also secured 33% seats in the three tier PRIs for women, through its 73rd Amendment in 1992. This historic decision provides the women to share the seat with men, to raise their voice on issues concerning women oppression, suppression and related issues. It basically represents the revolutionary potential to change the face of the grassroots rural India through the Panchayati Raj Institutions. It ensures the participation of women in the local governance. ‘All human beings are born free and equal in

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