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Political Empowerment of Scheduled Tribes Women through Panchayati Raj Institutions: A Study of Kuturachuan Gram Panchayat, Odisha.

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Sudhansu Kumar Mahapatra,Manvendra Singh
ยป doi: 10.48047/AFJBS.6.7.2024.724-745


Democracy needs the participation of all the sections of society. It gives everybody an equal share. However, the presence of discrimination in any form is a major hindrance to the successful working of democracy. From time immemorial, discrimination persists in society in many ways. India achieved Independence in the last seventy-five years, but women still do not have a legitimate share in social and political sectors. Male dominance is visible in all fields, including politics. It is observed that in the decision-making process, policy formulation, and management of local and national political issues women do not participate on equal feet with their male counterparts. Due to many reasons, women were excluded from politics. In recent times women's political participation has increased in all political fields including Panchayati Raj Institutions. With the enactment of the 73rd Amendment Act in 1992, Panchayati Raj Institutions have emerged as a highly effective means of achieving good governance. It also provides opportunities to the weaker sections of society through eradicating poverty, uplifting the standards of living of people, and a great deal of political participation. The 73rd Amendment Act of 1992 is a significant milestone as it constitutionally mandates the inclusion of marginalized groups such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and women in Panchayati Raj Institutions through the reservation of seats. This paper tries to find out the strengths and weaknesses of the tribal people in their path of growth and the role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in providing political justice to Tribal women and development to a larger tribal community

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