CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. Concept and Historical Background. 3. Panchayat's in Medieval India. 4. Voices of Women in Panchayati Raj. 5. Panchayat Gram Sabha and Nyaya Panchayat. 6. Constitutional Status of Panchayati Raj Institutions. 7. Panchayati Raj and the Empowerment of Women. 8. Primary Education and Panchayati Raj. 9. Ministry of Panchayati Raj.