Showing posts with label Panchayat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Panchayat. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is A Panchayat?

 


A group of five (pancha) elders from a certain community who were the ultimate authority for the community's members in old India.

Each jati (endogamous subcommunity frequently characterized by hereditary profession) was self-governing, with the panchayat making all major decisions.

This institution is celebrated in contemporary India as a model for decentralized administration, in which citizens assume responsibility for their communities, but since traditional Hindu villages include numerous jatis, this also implies that there were multiple centers of control.

~Kiran Atma


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