Contrast the elections in Uttaramerur with present-day panchayat elections.

Asked by gayatribki | 9th Sep, 2015, 06:39: PM

Expert Answer:

The sabhas were an integral element of the local governance system of Tamil Nadu from the seventh to the twelfth century. Each Sabha had various committees which overlooked the construction and maintenance of public facilities like temples, gardens, irrigation works etc. The names of those people who were seen as eligible to be members of these committees were written on palm leaf tickets and put into an earthern pot. A small boy then picked the tickets carrying the names of the memebers of each committee. This process, with its prerequisites of property based eligibility and picking of tickets, wasn't ideal. However, it can be seen as a precursor to the future panchayati system. In present times, the panchayat elections in India are conducted on the basis of democratic principles, wherein property and luck do not and should not play any role.

Answered by Soumil Shukla | 10th Sep, 2015, 02:57: PM

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