Leadership Behavior of Consecutively Elected Scheduled Caste Panchayat Presidents: A Case Study in Theni District, Tamil Nadu

Authors

Dr. Sonkhogin Haokip & K. Siva
Gandhigram Rural Institute – Deemed to be University, Gandhigram, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu.

Abstract

This paper highlights the life story and management practices of Scheduled Caste Elected Leaders who have been consecutively elected to the post of Panchayat President in different Village Panchayats of Theni district, Tamil Nadu. Drawing upon the research findings from studies on SCs Leadership – which shows (a) that SCs leadership has yet to achieve significantly the social acceptance, as envisaged in the spirit of the Constitution; (b) that caste based identities and practices continue to exclude SCs leadership from exercising their leadership roles; (c) that as elected representatives SC leadership was not able to articulate group specific interests or exercise their own judgments in decision-making; (d) that SCs leadership did not take part in deliberations or contribute to major decisions – this paper centre around the factors influencing the emergence of these consecutively elected panchayat presidents as leaders, the management practices they have adopted, their leadership Style, the best practice and initiatives they have taken for the development of their respective Panchayats, and their performance as leaders.