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By Manoranjan Mohanty, George Mathew, Richard Baum, Rong Ma

Either India and China have skilled fiscal adjustments that experience generated new demanding situations for neighborhood associations. This quantity heavily experiences the ensuing grass-roots political studies in those nations from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. It examines the method of democratization and highlights the becoming calls for for participation and the complicated strength constructions interjecting them.

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These groups as well as senior government officials I interacted with pointed out the achievements that India could record in this connection. In India, the compulsory one-third reservation of seats for women has opened up many possibilities. There are many success stories of several women getting elected from unreserved seats; in several states more than one-third seats in the panchayats have gone to women. The day is not far when this will be the case in the state assemblies and the parliament.

Their findings were sent to China’s highest authorities in the form of the Guangxi Report that impressed the central leadership, most notably Peng Zhen. With the inclusion of the VCs in the revised Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, VCs became legal entities although their organisation and functions were clearly defined by a law. In November 1987, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress adopted the Organic Law of the Villagers’ Committees for trial implementation. This was the fundamental law for the grass-roots organisation in the countryside.

The most fundamental change that has come about in Indian democratic polity is that the democratic base of the Indian polity has widened. Before the amendments, our democratic structure through elected representatives was restricted to the two houses of parliament, 28 state assemblies and two assemblies of union territories (Delhi and Pondicherry). And they had just 4,963 elected members. Now there are 594 district panchayats, about 6,000 block/tehsil/mandal panchayats at the intermediate level and 250,000 gram (village) panchayats in rural India where about 70 per cent of India’s population lives.

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