"Until the lions have their own historians the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter...."
- Chinua Achebe

2015, ഡിസംബർ 28, തിങ്കളാഴ്‌ച


In undivided India there were near about 7 lakhs villages. After partition this number has gone down, yet India’s 75% to 80% population live in villages. From time immemorial, in Indian polity as well as in the social organization, the village has been a basic unit. According to the Epic Mahabharta, the village was the fundamental unit of administration; and had as its head the gramini, who was its leader and chief spokesman; one of the major responsibilities of this headman was to protect the village and its boundaries in all directions within a radius of two miles.1 In the old book of the tenth century, Nitisara- “the Science of Polity’ authored by Shukracharya provides a detail account of village self-government.2 continue reading....