Publications



Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
Mahatma Gandhi





The way to build a nation is to build a good citizen. The majority of the citizens should be efficient, of good character and possess a reasonable high sense of duty.
M. Visweswarayya





Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
Chanakya





Bombs and Pistols do not make a revolution. The Sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas.
Bhagat Singh





Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.
Bertrand Russell





Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw





There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
Jiddu Krishnamurti





The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
John Locke





To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.
Adam Smith





Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system- with all these exalted powers- Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
Charles Darwin





The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
Dwight D. Eisenhower





Nothing more enhances authority than silence. It is the crowning virtue of the strong, the refuge of the weak, the modesty of the proud, the pride of the humble, the prudence of the wise, and the sense of fools. To speak is to . . . dissipate one's strength; whereas what action demands is concentration. Silence is a necessary preliminary to the ordering of one's thoughts.
Charles de Gaulle





What is the most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands? In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class.
Alexis de Tocqueville





No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson





Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever.
John Ruskin

BOOKS

Apart from the regular academic and research activities, the Academy has published a number of research books on concerned themes of rural India. The AGRASRI books were released by eminent policy makers like Dr. C. Rangarajan, Shri Salman Khurshid, Shri R.L. Bhatia, Shri Murlidhar C. Bhandare, Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, Shri Shivraj V. Patil, Dr. Bal Ram Jakhar and Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar at Tirupati and New Delhi.

The following is the list of research books, published by AGRASRI in recent years:

1. Panchayati Raj Reforms in India: Power to the People at the Grassroots, D. Sundar Ram (Ed.,) New Delhi, Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2007. ISBN: 81-7391-925-9. Foreword by Shri M.V. Rajasekharan, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Planning, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

Summary of the Book
The 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments aimed at the empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions were a progressive step towards democratic decentralisation, generating considerable hopes that these would result in the realisation of Gandhiji’s dream of Gram Swaraj. The Sixteen Chapters in this Volume by a distinguished group of scholars and experts provide an overview of the changing role of the Panchayati Raj Institutions in India at the grassroots level, in the process of decentralization and devolution of powers. Examining the administrative and political lacunae in the functioning of the Institutions of Self-government, this Volume explores a real insight into the issue of major haunting dilemmas of the grassroots democratic institutions in contemporary India.
2. Rajiv Gandhi: A Visionary of Modern India, D. Sundar Ram (Ed.), New Delhi, Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2007. ISBN: 81-7391-926-1. Foreword by Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Union Minister for Panchayati Raj and Youth Affairs &Sports, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

Summary of the Book
Energetic, young and charismatic leader Shri Rajiv Gandhi have taken India to her glorious future and into the 21st Century had his dreams. Rajiv Gandhi has carved for himself an unforgettable place in the history of contemporary India. The Twenty-five Chapters in the book are written by the distinguished parliamentarians, policy makers, jurists, civil servants, administrators, academics and researchers. The amount of articles and reminiscences that has been disseminated through this excellent book is testify to the accomplishments of Rajiv Gandhi – as a policy maker, a politician, a visionary, a reformer, a secularist and a humanist. This lucid and comprehensive book explores the ideals and vision of Shri Rajiv Gandhi towards self-reliant modern India.
3. Dynamics of Grassroots Governance in India - Dreams and Realities, 2 Vols., D. Sundar Ram (Ed.), New Delhi Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2007. ISBN: 81-7391-931-3. Foreword by Professor M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai.

Summary of the Book
This important Volume (set in 2 parts) constitutes a significant contribution to the on-going search for alternatives to the dilemmas of the grassroots democratic institutions over last several years. A distinguished panel of authors reviews the strength and weaknesses of the existing Panchayati Raj Institutions- whether it serves the basic needs and aspirations of the people at the grassroots level or has become obsolete and, if so, whether a systematic change is required. Providing an analytical description of the dynamics of the grassroots institutions with Indian experience, these 2 volumes provide a important insights and analytical tools to the debate on the good governance at the grassroots level and draws attention to various unresolved issues and dilemmas. These timely volumes seek to examine the dilemmas and realities of the rural people towards good governance objectively and dispassionately.
4. Panchayati Raj and Empowering People - New Agenda for Rural India : Essays in Honour of Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, D. Sundar Ram (Ed.), New Delhi, Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2007. ISBN: 81-7391-927-5. Foreword by Shri I.K. Gujral, Hon’ble Former Prime Minister of India, New Delhi.

Summary of the Book
The present Volume aims at looking the implementation of various provisions of 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act of 1992 from the standpoint of devolution of powers to the Panchayati Raj Institutions by the respective State Governments and draw out a new deal for rural India in the context of second generation of Panchayati Raj reforms. The Thirty-one Chapters in the Festschrift Volume in Honour of Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar- written by distinguished panel of policy makers, administrators and scholars – highlight the major problems being faced by the Panchayati Raj Institutions in respect of 3 F’s – Functions, Finances and Functionaries and the solutions of the same are given in a comprehensive way. This Volume provides a timely and comprehensive review of the policy perspectives with analyses of the implementation of the provisions of 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, in letter and spirit for empowering people at the grassroots.
5. Federal System and Coalitional Governance in India: Conflicts and Consensus in Centre-State Relations, D. Sundar Ram (Ed.), New Delhi, Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2007. ISBN: 81-7391-928-3. Foreword by Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, His Excellency, the Governor of Karnataka, Bangalore.

Summary of the Book
The dynamics of federalism, in the context of the Indian scenario has invariably been the major focus of attention in any discussion of Indian polity and governance in contemporary times. The Sixteen Chapters in the present Volume are written by outstanding authorities on the subject ‘Federalism and Coalition Politics’. These Chapters record the experiences and thinking of these authorities on some of the newer issues that confront the federal system in India, under new dispensation of coalition era. This Volume explores the various facets of the dynamics of federalism, good governance, role of governor, demand for state autonomy and peripheral topics. It is in this context that the present Volume focuses on the need to carry out a futuristic introspection of Centre-State relations in the context of a new era of coalition politics and governance at the centre and suggest the ways and mean to evolve a mechanism for a healthy Union-State relations in India.
6. Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in 60 Years of Independent India: Vision of the Future, D. Sundar Ram (Ed.), New Delhi, Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2008. ISBN: 978-81-8457-087-8. The Book was released by Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, New Delhi.

Summary of the Book
The Panchayati Raj Institutions have a great role to play for the development of the national programmes, for providing economic development and social justice to the rural people of India. The present Volume aims at looking the pros and cons of the working of the Panchayati Raj Institutions over a period of Six decades of India’s Independence and 15 Years of the gazeting and entry into force of the 73rd Amendment (Part IX- The Panchayats) of the Constitution and draw out a blue print for the vision in the context of further reforms and delivering a good governance at the grassroots. The Twenty-five Chapters in the present Volume by distinguished policy makers, scientists, administrators and scholars provide a comprehensive review of the initiatives of various governments at the federal as well as state levels in bringing out a revolutionary panchayati raj reforms, through 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act of 1992 and various State Panchayati Raj Acts, for transformation of rural India. The distinguished panel of contributors of the Volume identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the Panchayati Raj Institutions over a period of 60 Years of Independent India and suggests a holistic reforms package for efficient functioning of the grassroots democratic institutions for delivering good governance.
7. Quest for Political Stability in India : Essays on Governance, Polity and Development, D. Sundar Ram, New Delhi, Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2008. ISBN: 978-81-8457-090-8. The Book was released by Dr. C. Rangarajan, the then Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss, Tirupati on 20 August, 2008.

Summary of the Book
The political events in India since 1989 have exposed the instability inherent in the parliamentary form of government when it comes to dealing with coalitions. It is well recognized fact that the effective political stability is an essential requisite for the successful functioning of federal government based on parliamentary democracy. Unfortunately, the credibility of coalition government in contemporary India has suffered a grievous blow in the last 15 years or so with the murky politics. In the context of fluid political situation prevailed in India after 1996 Lok Sabha elections, general question about the stability of coalition government is being raised. Providing a comprehensive overview of the working of the political system in an era of coalitions with Indian experience, the present book focuses on the quest for political stability in a holistic perspective. The book also deals with the pre-requisites of development agenda like good governance, healthy polity and inclusive growth and development in a realistic manner.
8. Women Empowerment in Political Institutions - An Indian Perspective, D. Sundar Ram (Ed.), New Delhi, Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2009. ISBN-978-81-8457-161. The Book was released by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, New Delhi, at Hotel Bliss Tirupati on 20 August, 2009.

Summary of the Book
This book is a collection of fourteen original essays presented by prominent policy makers, academicians, researchers, social workers and women activists at the National Conference on ‘Empowerment of Women in Parliament and Local Self-Government Institutions in India: Role, Status, Participation and Decision-Making’, held at Tirupati, which was organised by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India, Tirupati and sponsored by the National Commission for Women, Govt. of India, New Delhi. The present book aims at looking the pros and cons of the empowerment of women in Indian polity and governance and draw out a blue print for the vision and perspectives of various political parties towards the reservation of seats for women in Indian Parliament and State Legislatures in proportionate to their population. This valuable book brings together a range of perspectives concerning the causes of and solutions to the problem of women political empowerment in India. The focus is not simply on describing challenging situations or the un-met needs of women in political arena, but also to offer examples of positive solutions and successful initiatives on behalf of Indian women.
9. Political Transformation in India: Redesigning for Good Governance, 2 Vols. D. Sundar Ram (Ed.), Jaipur, National Publishing House & AGRASRI, 2010. ISBN: 978-81-8018-096-5. Foreword by Shri Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah, Former Chief Justice of India, New Delhi.

Summary of the Book
Today, it is a widely accepted fact that India is a successful democratic nation in the Third World countries, with a full-fledged parliamentary system. One of the dominant debates concerning India in developing nations relates to the functioning of democratic institutions in improving human development. However, our hopes and dreams lie shattered, though our nation committed from the very beginning to carry forward political freedom to economic emancipation of the masses, the dispossessed and the down-trodden. This major task concerning the largest segment of the populace in our democracy has remained unfulfilled in these 60 years since the foundation of our republic. The Forty-nine Chapters in the 2-part Volume contributed by a distinguished and eminent policy-makers, parliamentarians, jurists, administrators, civil servants, diplomats, economists, scientists, constitutional experts, political scientists, social activists and academics, highlight the major problems and challenges India has faced in its growth and development over a period of Six decades of experience and experimentation as a unique parliamentary democratic nation. This timely 2-part Volume is a thought-provoking attempt in advocating numerous alternative proposal package and remedial measures for a fresh look in an introspective spirit at various aspects of and issues in Indian administration at a time when the polity, economy and society seem to be under multiple stresses and strains.
10. Grassroots Planning and Local Governance in India : Policy Initiatives and People’s Participation, D. Sundar Ram (Ed.), New Delhi, Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2010. ISBN: 978-81-8457-241-4. The Book was released by Prof. B.K. Chandrasekhar, Former Chairman, Karnataka State Legislative Council, Bangalore at Hotel Bliss Tirupati on 20 August, 2010.

Summary of the Book
The 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Constitution gave constitutional status to local self-governments and provided a new, more politically underpinned, universalised platform for decentralised planning from below. As a result of decentralisation, local bodies have become responsible for a number of services to be delivered to the people at the grassroots level. With the responsibilities of rural and urban local government institutions expanding and with their role and reach poised for further enlargement in the foreseeable future, there is a need of hour to formulate a grassroots level planning. The plan for each local government should expect people’s priorities in the context of local needs and should be broadly consistent with state policy and priorities. For this, the major issue of the decentralised planning is to be reviewed, policies are to be redesigned and grassroots level realities are to be recognised. The present volume aims to map the spectrum of new vision for inspiring journey into the future of Panchayati Raj and Nagar Palika Institutions, with more powers and functions. The volume is a collection of 23 original essays presented by prominent policy makers, academicians, researchers, administrators, social activists and planners at the National Colloquium, held under the aegis of Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI), in August 2009 at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
11. Reservations for Women in Rural and Urban Local Bodies in India: Equal Partners in Decision-making Process, D. Sundar Ram (Ed.), New Delhi, Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2012. ISBN: 978-81-8457-325-1. The Book was released by Dr. V. Shanta, Magsaysay Awardee and Chairperson, Cancer Institute, Chennai at Hotel Bliss Tirupati on 25 November, 2011.

Summary of the Book
Women empowerment in local governance is increasingly being recognised as an important requisite for the fulfillment of inclusive growth and sustainable development in contemporary India. Provision of 50 per cent of reservation for women in rural and urban local bodies is a right step to empower them politically. It is true that the enhancement of reservation for women in rural and urban local bodies would ensure their increased representation and participation. The volume is a collection of 12 original essays presented by prominent women policy makers, academicians, researchers, administrators, social activists and planners at the 2-day National Convention on ‘50 Per cent Reservations for Women in Rural and Urban Local Bodies: A Way Forward for Inclusive Growth in Contemporary India’, held during 20 and 21 August, 2010 in Tirupati, which was organised by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh and sponsored by the National Commission for Women, Government of India, New Delhi. The present volume aims to map the spectrum of new vision for women empowerment in grassroots democratic institutions, with more powers and functions, as women policy makers for inclusive growth in contemporary India.
12. Grama Sabha Institution in India: 20 Years Experiences and Experiments as Vital Decision-making Body at the Grassroots, D. Sundar Ram (Ed.), New Delhi, Kanishka Publishers, Distributors & AGRASRI, 2013. ISBN: 978-81-8457-436-4. The Book was released by Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, Former Governor of Karnataka and Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Former Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, New Delhi at IIPA Conference Hall, New Delhi on 20 August, 2014.

Summary of the Book
In recent years, much emphasis has been placed on decentralisation strategy by the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj on the notion that empowered people and transparent panchayats are possible only through the Gram Sabha Institution. With the responsibilities of rural local government institutions expanding and with their role and reach poised for further enlargement in the foreseeable future, there is a need of hour to revitalise the Grama Sabha Institution, as vital decision-making body at the grassroots level, in contemporary India. The present book is a collection of 16 original essays presented by the experts, specialists and administrators on Panchayati Raj and Rural Development at the National Workshop on ‘Grama Sabha in India: Role and Significance in Decision-making at the Grassroots’, held in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, on 20 August, 2011, which was organised by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI), Tirupati, in conjunction with the 10th Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture and conferment of the Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership, Mahila Shakti, Yuva Shakti, Best District, Best Taluk and Best Gram Panchayat National Awards, to map the spectrum of new vision for empowered people and transparent panchayats in rural India. The major objective of the book is to map the spectrum of new vision for empowered people and transparent panchayats in rural India, in the context of 20 years experiences and experiments of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992.
Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture and National Awards Souvenirs

The Academy is regularly organising the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture and conferring the Rajiv Gandhi National Awards in 6 categories every year on 20 August on distinguished policy makers, scholars and elected representatives of PRI’s at Tirupati and New Delhi. To mark the occasion, the AGRASRI is being published a Special Souvenir for immense benefit of the researchers, academicians, administrators, youth leaders since 2002 onwards.

The following is the list of Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture and National Awards Souvenirs, published by AGRASRI, since 2002 onwards:



Chittoor District Centenary Visishta Ratna Award Souvenirs

As grassroots level NGO, the Academy is regularly organising the Chittoor District Formation Day Lecture and conferring the Chittoor District Centenary Visishta Ratn Award every year on 1 April on distinguished policy makers, educationalist, administrators and scholars at Tirupati. To mark the occasion, the AGRASRI is being published Souvenirs for immense benefit of the citizens and academicians of Chittoor District since 2011 onwards.
The following is the list of Chittoor District Centenary Visishta Ratna Award Souvenirs, published by AGRASRI, since 2011 onwards: