One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A village council.
- ‘The village panchayats, he feels, should involve the community in the maintenance of water sources.’
- ‘Decisions are being taken at State capitals on behalf of the village panchayats without consulting them - in fact concealing information from them.’
- ‘In most villages, the panchayats or village councils and the powerful fishing societies are dominated by men.’
- ‘The panchayats of both villages should start developmental works after chalking out a proper plan within a month, he added.’
- ‘This means that overall control of a large distributed system must grow out of smaller, simpler, local authority: village panchayats, for example.’
From Hindi (originally denoting a council consisting of five members), from Sanskrit panca ‘five’ + āyatta ‘depending upon’.
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