"The book is a collection of papers dealing with institutions, both traditional and modern, and their role in governing the society of Rajasthan. Institutions are considered as important for preserving the local environment. As the society observes changes, institutions also tend to change. A set of papers in this volume looks at institutions and their interface with the traditional society. Local heritage and traditions are seen as providing new meaning to society of Rajasthan. There are also papers dealing with challenges the environment and ecology face today. A few papers provide comprehensive analysis of women's issues in developmental projects.This volume is not only a substantive and important contribution to the study and understanding of the Rajasthan's institutions, its people and traditions but also to the understanding of finer nuances of agents of change."