Village studies as they have been traditionally understood, are at a discount in India today. To a great extent, the credit for it lies with the authors themselves. The notion of village have oscillated between two extremes-from a romanticism of the rural areas as the cradle of our civilization and bastion of our fine culture, values and traditions, to a condemnation of the villages as the embodiment of stagnancy, of unchanging primordial loyalties and the scene of Indian social backwardness. Of late it is also the subject of condescending social scientists who know that the rural sector has been bypassed as the focus of our developmental strategies. It is with this confused feeling (almost one of a guilty conscience but also combined with sympathy for the country cousins), that many political sociologists are approaching the Indian villages to see pragmatically how far ‘development’ had touched them and brought about changes in their political values, democratic participation and patterns of living.
Villages: Contradictions and Consensus
DEMOCRATIC STRUCTURE AND SOCIALISATION IN RURAL INDIA by K.C. Panchandikar and J. Panchanikar Popular Prakash an, 1980, 329 pp., 120.00
Village Politicsby K. Ranga Rao Popular Prakashan, Bombay, 1980, 158 pp., 60.00
May-June 1981, volume 5, No 5/6