Numerical analysis of women’s representation in gram panchayat: A comparative study of village Barthata and Nandpur in the district Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Dr. Meenakshi Bholta, Vinod Kumar Bais
The Panchayati Raj Institutions is the basic foundation of a strong and vibrant democracy. The concept of true democracy cannot be achieved unless the women are brought completely to the mainstream politics. The 73rd constitutional Amendment provided opportunity to the women to involve themselves in the grassroots politics. The participation of women has increased through the reservation policy which is provided by the State Government after the 73rd Constitutional Amendment. The present paper seeks to analyze statistically the structure of Panchayati Raj in Himachal Pradesh in reference to women’s participation in Gram Panchayat, their role in decision-making process, and the duty perform by them after contested and won the election. An attempt has been made to analyze the nature and extent of women’s participation in politics in the State of Himachal Pradesh and to know the main factors which are responsible for relegating them to the secondary position in politics.