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Courts, Panchayats and Nagarpalikas   
Courts, Panchayats and Nagarpalikas
Background and Review of the Case Law
K.C. Sivaramakrishnan
Hard Bound Book (6¼" x 9¼") :   Pages : 344
2009  Edition   :   ISBN 13: 978-81-7188-688-3
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The 73rd and the 74th Constitutional Amendments became law more than a decade ago but their implementation in different states of India has been tardy and uneven. The course of implementation has also been marked by numerous disputes, both political and legal. It is estimated there are more than 500 cases which have been adjudicated during the period in the various High Courts and the Supreme Court.

This book is the outcome of a comprehensive study which seeks to bring out the genesis, the points of jurisprudence and what can be regarded as settled law common to both the panchayats and the municipalities pertaining to issues like elections, delimitation, reservation, planning and functional domain etc.

The book is of interest and use to policy makers, scholars and researchers interested in decentralisation as well as the legal fraternity.

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The present work "Courts, Panchayats and Nagarpalikas" is a study of special importance. Sivaramakrishnan has undertaken a task of painstaking research and insight. The editorial policy of this enduring contribution is innovative in that it seeks to combine and fuse the constitutional principles with policies of governance in this important area. Prof. Sivaramakrishnan’s work will furnish enduring support to the strengthening the very roots of democracy in India. The book deserves and is entitled to wide reception.

M.N. Venkatachaliah
Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India

Why is it the much touted democratic revolution through the Panchayati Raj and municipal bodies conceived under the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments is not taking off as expected despite a decade after its introduction? Answers to this and related problems one can find in this scholarly study titled “Courts, Panchayats and Nagarpalikas.” The author has successfully brought out the strengths and weaknesses of the law and the inevitable challenges involved in devolution of powers in a multi-party democracy under a federal set-up. It is a book which contains important messages not only to the legal community interested in Public Law but also to the people and their political leadership seeking better governance.

N.R. Madhav Menon Former Director, National Judicial Academy;
Member, Commission on Centre State Relations

A big void in the literature of Indian jurisprudence is being filled by this book. Sivaramakrishnan and his devoted band of lawyers and academics who worked so hard deserve high applause. Case laws relating to the institutions of self-government have been analysed and described in readable fashion. I commend this volume to all who believe in strengthening the base of our Republic by democratic devolution of power to the people.

D. Bandyopadhyay
Former Secretary, Rural Development, Government of India

This is a very valuable document full of interesting information. The intro-ductions in many of the chapters will help induce political scientists to read about the cases discussed. The book’s principal virtue will be to serve as an indispensable guide for lawyers to appreciate this under-studied aspect of law and at the same time highlight the importance of these cases for political scientists.

Gerald Frug Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

  About the AUTHOR:    

K.C. Sivaramakrishnan After joining the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1958, and holding various assignments in West Bengal, K.C. Sivaramakrishnan moved to Delhi in 1985 where he served as the first Project Director of the Central Ganga Authority, Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development, and Secretary (Supply) till his retirement in 1992.

He also served in the World Bank as Senior Advisor, Urban Management. Since his return to the country in 1996, Sivaramakrishnan has been with the Centre for Policy Research as Professor. Presently, he is Chairman of the CPR Board. He is also associated with the Institute of Social Sciences, Delhi, as Senior Fellow.
In the academic sphere, Sivaramakrishnan was a Parvin Fellow at Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University (1965), Visiting Professor and Homi Bhabha Fellow at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (1977), and Senior Lecturer at the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank (1978-1982).

Trained in economics, political science and law, he has authored several books and papers on urban management, decentralisation, electoral reforms and environment. He is also enrolled as a member of the Supreme Court Bar.




Preface and Acknowledgements


  1. Elections

  2. Disqualifications

  3. Post Election Cases

  4. Regularity of Elections

  5. Reservation of Posts and Seats

  6. Removal of Elected Persons

  7. Functional Domain of Panchayats and Municipalities

  8. The Planning Domain of Panchayats and Municipalities

  9. Postscript



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