India lives in its villages. Though this romantic notion has not changed much, with rural India still accounting for roughly three-fourths of the country’s population, the village itself has changed much over the years.
Village studies has been central to our understanding of many of the concepts used in modern social sciences. For sociologists and anthropologists, the village has often been the object of research not only because it is the lowest level of administrative unit but also the smallest political and social unit.  Read more at http://www.livemint.com/2008/12/30221553/Global-crisis-looking-at-vill.html