'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
The older Panchayati Raj system in villages was formed with a view to achieve People's democracy but it failed.
Because many british people stopped this process. Since we the people form the democracy, the rights and powers should be a part of ours too, to decide a lot many things.
A positive attitude will lead to positive results.
According to Gandhiji, the basic unit of Indian economy is village. He used to say that the development and empowerment of these units will bring all round development of India. After independence Nehru gave more emphasis to big PSUs and huge irrigation projects to boost the agriculture. This paid the country its dividend. But it had its own issues The increasing corruption and vested interests of politicians ruined the whole advantage of it. These project gave a shining to economy but it widen the gap between the rich and poor. The advantages restricted to a class of society.
The Panchayati Raj is to percolate the advantages of the economy to villages. We have seen how the people affected by Sardar Sarovar Dam are being denied of good rehabilitation. The same thing is happening with other big units. The units are setup by displacing many people residing in the region without proper reimbursement and rehabilitation.
There is a need of giving rights to Panchayats to veto or at least a right to stall the projects till proper compensation and rehabilitation is provided in such cases. Then only we can say that we are a true democratic country.