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Madhubani: Late Rajiv Gandhi ushered in a silent revolution to transform rural India by introducing the Panchayati Raj. Though many may rightly find some fault with the system, what is unnoticed by many
is the silent education in democracy successive panchayat elections are doing. What, however, needs to be done is to free the election of panchayat representatives of the money and muscle power in the same
way in which the election to state legislatures and parliament was done.
Some queer results in the current panchayat election speak about the strengthening roots of the system. Savitri Devi has been elected Mukhia of Ghorbanki panchayat at the age of 80. While her son Ashok
Pandey was the mukia of this panchayat for last two consecutive terms, her husband Kapileleshwar Pandey won three times consecutively before his son.
Similarly, Bimla Devi has won the election of Baira panchayat by a huge margin of about two thousand votes. She is the mother of the out going Mukhia Braj Kishore Yadav. Her husband , late Shyam Sundar Yadav, had become the mukhia in 2001 for the first time.  Breaking the myth of caste, Kiran Devi, a backward caste lady, has the won the election of mukhia for Bankatta panchayat which has predominant upper caste population.

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