Yatendra Singh Sisodia

Phone Number : 0734-2512450

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Location :

Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research 6, Bharatpuri Administrative Zone, Ujjain – (M.P.)

Yatindra Singh Sisodia is Professor and Director at Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research, Ujjain. He is working with the Institute since 1993. 

Research Interests:
Professor Sisodia works mainly on Democracy, Democratic Decentralisation, Rural Development, Tribal Issues, and Developmental Issues.

He has been conferred with Professor G. Ram Reddy Social Scientist Award (2017) for his substantial contribution of research in the area of panchayati raj and grassroots democracy. He is Member of Research Institutes Committee of Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi (2017-18). He is Member, First Court, Dr. H. S. Gour Central University, Sagar (2013-2018). He was Member of Common Review Mission (CRM) for assessing Fourteenth Finance Commission Grants Utilisation constituted by Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India (2017). He is also Member, Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) under Sub-Commission on Social Sciences constituted by Ministry of HRD (2013-2018). He is Executive Committee Member of Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI) (2016-2018). He was Member of First Review Mission to look into the programmes of rural development and their performance constituted by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (2016). He is also Life Member of various institutes and organisations of national repute. He is in editorial board of four refereed journals.

He is Editor of Madhya Pradesh Journal of Social Sciences and Madhya Pradesh Samajik Vigyan Anushandhan Journal. He has authored/edited 16 books, wrote 5 monographs and published 75 research papers including many in referred journals and reputed edited volumes.

He has completed 35 research projects for Central Ministries; State Ministries; and organisations including ICSSR and Planning Commission,

Selected Publications:

Articles in Professional / Refereed Journals/ Edited Books

  • 'Explaining the BJP’s Comprehensive Victory in MP’ in Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 54, No. 34, August 24, 2019.
  • ‘Decentralised Governance and Implementation of PESA in Tribal Areas: Evidences from Western Tribal Belt of India’ in Adivasi Rights and Exclusion in India (Ed. V. Srinivasa Rao) Routledge Publications, 2018. (with Tapas Kumar Dalapati) 2019.
  • ‘Madhya Pradesh: An Analysis of BJP’s Success in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections‘ in How India Votes: A State by State Look (Ashutosh Kumar and Yatindra Singh Sisodia, eds.), Orient BlackSwan, 2019.
  • ‘PESA in Tribal Areas’, Kurukshetra (English). Vol. 66, No. 9, July 2018.
  • ‘Two Decades of Democratic Governance at Local Level: Evidences from the Functioning of Panchayat Raj Institutions in Central Indian States’ in Yatindra Singh Sisodia, Ashi Bhatt & Tapas Kumar Dalapati (eds.) Two Decades of Panchayat Raj in India: Experiences, Issues, Challenges and Opportunities, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2017.
  • ‘Implementation of Welfare Schemes for Development of Education among Sahariya in Madhya Pradesh’ S. N. Chaudhary (ed) Primitive Tribes (PVTGs) of Central India, Concept Publishing Company: New Delhi, 2016. (Co-authored with Tapas Dalapati)
  • ‘Democratic Governance at Grassroots Level and Functioning of Local Political Institutions: Evidences from Villages of Madhya Pradesh’, in Surjit Singh and Dhruv Raina (Eds.) Society and Development: Regional Perspective, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2016.
  • ‘Decetralisation and Fiscal Devolution in India: An Analysis’, Journal of Governance and Public Policy (Volume 5, Number 1) A Journal of Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad, January-June, 2015.
  • ‘Comparing the Politics of Food Subsidies in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh (with Louise Tillin and Anupama Saxena)’, in Louise Tillin, Rajeshwari Deshpande and K.K. Kailash (Eds.) Politics of Welfare: Comparisons across Indian States, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2015.
  • ‘Electoral Politics in Madhya Pradesh: Explaining the BJP Consolidation’, Journal on Studies in Indian Politics (Volume 2, Number 2) A Journal of Lokniti, CSDS, published by Sage Publications, December, 2014.                                                                                      
  • ‘Madhya Pradesh: Unexpected Gains for Congress’ in Suhas Palshikar, K.C. Suri & Yogendra Yadav (eds.), Party Competition in Indian States, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2014.
  • ‘Contemporary Debate on Tribal Development and Reflections from Professor Atal: An Analysis’ in Vinay K. Srivastav & S. K. Gupta (eds.), Exploring Indian Society Essays in Honour of Professor Yogesh Atal, Manak Publications, New Delhi, 2013.
  • ‘Impact of Globalisation on Occupational Change among Tribals: Evidences from Western Madhya Pradesh’ in S. N. Chaudhary (ed.), Globalisation, National Development and Tribal Identity, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2013.
  • ‘Panchayati Raj Institutions and Village Development: Evidences from Tribal Regions of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat’ in M.V. Rao & E. Venkatesu (eds.), Panchayat and Building of Model Villages, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2013.
  • ‘Saharia Primitive Tribal Group in Madhya Pradesh: Critical Evaluation of Welfare Measures Related to Health’ (with Tapas Dalapati) in S. N. Chaudhary (ed.), Tribal Health Scenario, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2012.
  • 'Democratic Governance at Local Level: Evidences of Grassroots Institutions’ Functioning from Indian States in The India Economic Review (IIPM Journal), Volume VII, March 31, 2010.
  • ‘Participatory Democracy at Grassroots Level: Experience of Decentralised Governance in Madhya Pradesh’ in Anand Kumar & Manish Tiwari (Eds.), Quest for Participatory Democracy, Rawat Publications, Jaipur 2010.
  • 'Madhya Pradesh: Congress Makes Unexpected Gains'(with Ram Shankar) in Economic and Political Weekly, Volume XLIV, No. 39, September 26, 2009.
  • ‘Madhya Pradesh: Sthayi Banati Do Dhruviya Rajneeti’ in Arvind Mohan (Ed.), Loktantra ka Naya Lok: Chunavi Rajneeti mein Rajyon ka Ubhar, Vanee Prakashan, New Delhi, 20009.
  • ‘Panchayat Raj in Scheduled Areas after Implementation of PESA: Evidences from Western Tribal Belt of Madhya Pradesh’ in S. N. Chaudhary (Ed.), Tribal Development Since Independence, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2009
  • ‘Evolution of Panchayat Raj in India: An Analysis of Development from Independence to Post-73rd Amendment Scenario’ in Yatindra Singh Sisodia (Ed.), India’s Development Scenario: Challenges and Prospects, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2009.
  • 'Madhya Pradesh: Overriding the Contours of Anti-Incumbency'(with Ram Shankar) in Economic and Political Weekly, Volume XLIV, No. 6, February 7, 2009.
  • ‘Implementation of PESA and People’s Empowerment: Evidences from Tribal Regions of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat in Local Government Quarterly (A Journal of All India Institute of Local Self-Government) Vol. LXXVII No. 4, October-December, 2008.
  • Decentralised Governance and Panchayat at Work: Evidences from Madhya Pradesh’ in The Icfai Journal of Public Administration Vol. IV No. 2, April, 2008.
  • ‘Capacity Building for Panchayati Raj Functionaries in Madhya Pradesh, in G. Palanithurai (Ed.), Dynamics of  New Panchayati Raj System in India, Volume VI (Capacity Building), Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2007.
  • 'Decentralised Governance at Grassroots Level: Experience of Panchayat Raj System in Madhya Pradesh, in Yogesh Atal and D. C. Sah (Eds.), Exploring Social Frontiers, Rawat Publications, 2007.
  • ‘People’s Participation in Grassroots Governance through Gram Swaraj: A Case  from Villages of Madhya Pradesh’ in R. R. Prasad and G. Rajanikanth (Eds.), Rural Development and Social Change, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad, 2006.
  • ‘Participatory Democracy and Women’s Performance in Panchayat Raj Institutions: Evidences from Madhya Pradesh’ in Jaya Arunachalam and U. Kalpagam (Eds.), Development and Empowerment: Rural Women in India, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2006.
  • 'Decentralised Governance in Madhya Pradesh: Experiences of the Gram Sabha in Scheduled Areas' in Economic and Political Weekly, Volume XXXVII, No. 40, October 5-11, 2002.

 Authored/Edited Books


  • Strategies for Human Development and People’s Participation: Challenges and Prospects in Rural India (to be published by PRIMUS, India) (Forthcoming).
  • How India Votes: A State by State Look (to be published by Orient Blackswan, India) (edited with Professor Ashutosh Kumar, Chandigarh) (2019).
  • Two Decades of Panchayat Raj in India: Experiences, Issues, Challenges and Opportunities (with Ashish Bhatt & Tapas Kumar Dalapati), Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2017.
  • Translation of book in Hindi ‘Rural Development: Principles, Policies and Management’ by Katar Singh and Anil Shishodia, published by Sage Publications (2017). 
  •  ‘Development and Discontent in Tribal India (with Tapas K. Dalapati)’, Rawat Publications, Jaipur (2015).
  • Democratic Governance and Human Development: Stocktaking and Future Strategies', Rawat Publications, Jaipur (2013).
  • Madhya Pradesh Main Panchayat Raj Vyavastha: Vividh Ayam, Madhya Pradesh Hindi Granth Academy, Bhopal (2011)
  • Adiwasi Bharat', with Professor Yogesh Atal, Rawat Publications, Jaipur (2011). 
  • Translated book in Hindi ‘Rural Development: Principles, Policies and Management’ by Katar Singh, Sage Publications (2009), published jointly by Sage Publications and Rawat Publications (2011). 
  • ‘India’s Development Scenario: Challenges and Prospects', Rawat Publications, Jaipur (2009).
  • ‘Experiment of Direct Democracy: Gram Swaraj in Madhya Pradesh', Rawat Publications, Jaipur (2007).
  • ‘Rural Development: Macro-Micro Realities', Rawat Publications, Jaipur. (2007)
  • ‘Functioning of Panchayat Raj System', Rawat Publications, Jaipur. (2005)
  • ‘Tribal Issues in India', Edited with D. C. Sah, Rawat Publications, Jaipur. (2004)
  • ‘Elementary Education and Girls' Literacy in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh', Rawat Publications, Jaipur. (2003)


He has participated in more than 160 seminars, workshops and conferences of national and international importance in India and abroad. He has also contributed to the newspapers like The Hindu, The Indian Express, Mint, Hindustan Times, Naidunia, Rashtriya Sahara and Dainik Bhaskar. He has coordinated more than 70 seminars and workshops and particularly continuously coordinating training course and capacity building programme on research methodology in social sciences for more than two decades. He is guiding research leading to Ph.D. Degree in Political Science from Vikram University, Ujjain and 15 candidates have been awarded degree. He has made academic visits to USA under International Visitor’s Leadership Programme in 2010 and UK in 2013 and also made academic visits to South Korea, Malaysia, Dubai and Bangla Desh.


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