Definitions for panchayat
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panchayat, panchayet, punchayet(noun)
a village council in India or southern Pakistan
A village council or local Government in South Asia.
Origin: From Hindi पंचायत.
The panchayati raj is a South Asian political system mainly in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. It is the oldest system of local government in the Indian subcontinent. The word "panchayat" literally means "assembly" of five wise and respected elders chosen and accepted by the local community. However, there are different forms of assemblies. Traditionally, these assemblies settled disputes between individuals and villages. Modern Indian government has decentralized several administrative functions to the local level, empowering elected gram panchayats. Gram panchayats are not to be confused with the unelected khap panchayats found in some parts of Northern India.
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