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New rural elite and leadership

Elite structure of a society represents not only its basic values but also the extent to which these values find a concrete expression in the power structure and the decision making process of the society. Leadership of a society is criterion of the values by which that society lives. The manner in which leadership is defined and the social base from which it is chosen gives an account of the values and nature of the society.

The rural elite consisting of well do peasantry and trading class display an increasing power consciousness, Politics have become competitive where all sections of society vie for a share. Most of the people participating in politics in a village are from dominant caste. Kinship and caste play an important role in rural politics. Education has also assumed an important role in rural leadership as more and more youth from rural background are exposed to the new ideas and beliefs.