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Ancient Epigraphical Inscription on elections

 

Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Uthiramerur, Kancheepuram District

 

Epigraphical inscriptions of the tenth century AD found in the Vaikuntha Perumal Temple describing Village Administration

 

 

 

The stone inscriptions of the tenth century AD found in the Vaikuntha Perumal Temple in Uthiramerur, Kancheepuram District, describe a system of Village Government, that is, administration by assemblies and functional committees.  It is interesting to note that even in that ancient period, villages were divided into wards with the residents of each ward electing their representatives through what was known as the “Kudavolai” system.  There were well established codes for the conduct of elections and the election of representatives of the people at the grass-roots level.  There were also rigid qualifications and disqualifications prescribed for the contesting candidates.

 
 
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