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Historical trajectory – Power shift between rural and urban power (study till LPG Phase)

1. British India – Concept of Panchayati Raj – strategy to contain revolt

2. Independent India (Consult Ashutosh Varshney Introduction chapter on How in independent India rural power was more pronounced ….pp 15-20)

a. Democracy from Birth

b. Democracy preceding industrialization

c. Universal Adult Franchise – 70% resident of rural India – Change of Govt after 5 years etc.

3. The motive of independent India govt can be ascertained from tryst with destiny speech of Nehru whereby a note to rural strengthening was deemed important

Q. But why was rural space despite the favorable feature (as mentioned above) in independent India was in a crux that special rural governance programme to strengthen it were devised :

The present the result of past - Undemocratic British India , small scale economy was shattered , market driven agriculture , psychological and political damage

One school of thought - Thus, the govt under Nehru knowing the real facet of rural space and subsequent need to strengthen it devised ways like Community Development Programme. Also the intial five year plan was tilted towards rural economy. The intention of the govt + the favourable circumstances of new India lead to hike in rural power .

Second School of thought - However, strong case has also been made that how in subsequent years after independence the rural power base shifted towards urban power. Reasons :

a. Divided peasantry across many cleavages like caste, class (consult ashutosh varshney pp18) --- thus lack of political will to take rural issues seriously ---- Next five year plan budget was also heavily dictated by basic industrialization - Rural development programme too failed

b. Despite Gandhian philosophy of panchayati Raj , it was not implemented in intenstion- no legal backing .. for ex - 5 year election feature in panchayati raj was not stringently acted on . Thereby borrowing from javed alam work ‘who wants democracy’ we can safely conclude that without legal backing and no real intension to implement the features stringently the locale lost the hope and trust in rural governance system. Fixed tenure of political term gives power to people to choose the next govt as per their deemed rationale, giving them the real democratic power.

c. The hiccups in rural power as a result of trickle down theory – it suggest that the economic benefits of accruing budget in basic industries will percolate down to lower levels circulating the benefits till the end. This was the philosophy based on which the budget was cut down in rural economy.

4. Beyond these two school of thoughts and their explanation, India witnessed a unique situation in which neither rural nor urban was in strong foothold. The failure was prominent after 2nd five year plan when the trickle down theory failed, thus, neither rural (already lost budget due to shift in budget allocation to industries) or urban gained any beneficial momentum leading to shrink in spaces of both rural and urban.

5. The phase of Green revolution - examining the rural – urban power power conception

a. One school of thought – believes it was a phase when recovery to rural lost power was revisited by gained special attention after the economic plan (which was inward looking)


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