Gaon Panchayat, Tribal Women and Their Participation: A Case of Tiwas of Assam

Published date01 June 2022
Date01 June 2022
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Gaon Panchayat,
Tribal Women and
Their Participation:
A Case of Tiwas
of Assam
Bhaskar Kumar Kakati1
Panchayati Raj Institutions, the three-tier institutions of local self-governing insti-
tutions that stand at the bottom, are found in rural areas in all states of India
except in the Sixth Schedule areas formed under the Indian Constitution. The
genesis of India’s local governance can be traced back to ancient times. However,
these institutions got their present shape and structure after a series of reform
studies resulted in several Acts and constitutional amendments. In this article, an
attempt has been made to understand and analyse the impact of tribal women’s
participation in the local governing institutions among the Tiwas of Assam.
PRIs, attendance, party aff‌iliation, community aff‌iliation, patriarchy
‘Women’s political representation and participation are one of the most vital indi-
cators of development together with an assessment of gender inequality in all
societies across the globe’ (Ramya, 2014, p. 98), because it assists women towards
inclusive growth. In the context of India, the Constitution, through its Preamble,
Directive Principles of State Policy, and Fundamental Rights and Duties, ensures
gender equality. However, the ground reality is different. The gender equality that
the Indian Constitution has envisaged has barely been converted into a reality. ‘In
no society do women enjoy the same opportunities as men’ (United Nations
Indian Journal of Public
68(2) 285–298, 2022
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DOI: 10.1177/00195561221090768
1 SeSTA Development Services, Dharapur, Guwahati, Assam, India.
Corresponding author:
Bhaskar Kumar Kakati, SeSTA Development Services, House No. 02, Bishnujyoti Nagar, Dharapur,
Guwahati, Assam 781017, India.

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