Thursday, April 3, 2014

D is Development For All - Inclusive Growth

From the day humans learnt to strike up light, they have been on the path of development.  We have come a long way from that rudimentary stage and last few centuries have seen a big leap in that direction. But the question we need to ask is: Are all rungs of the society reaping the benefit? Is development reaching everyone?

I don’t intend to get into socialist v/s market debate here nor do I believe that everyone will get equally developed. But as a world, as a country or a nation, should n’t every human being, at least, get an opportunity for a better life? There are countries where all the basic human needs are easily met with by the country and then there are countries and societies where people struggle to make ends meet or children die of malnutrition. At the macro scale, there are consortiums like G-8, G-20 – the group of countries and other benevolent fund houses having a mission to help societies of underdeveloped or developing countries but the result do not commensurate to the intent.

Taking a note at the micro level development aspects for 3rd world developing countries, corruption -mentioned in my last post is a big killer by which the real needy are being deprived of fruits of different schemes. This menace, along with many others, is not allowing the percolation of benefits to happen to the intended beneficiary. Also lack of intent on part of different governing bodies to uplift the weaker sections have given rise to different untoward movements when they are forced to take up swords to acquire what ought to be delivered to them. In most cases, I understand through my personal interactions, the needs are very basic like school, water, roads etc. but things are denied to them years after years by many bodies.

In the current path of India moving up in the road of glory, the developments are happening in pockets – only to the fortunate few benefiting from the same when the percolation effect of economic growth is not being enjoyed by the downtrodden. That is not what a country should aspire for on this journey and picture will be clear with one look at the UNDP Human development Reports.

Can we, as individual or groups, in our own sphere of social and professional circle influence for inclusive growth – may be at a small scale that can add up to something significant in the days to come?

36 comments:

  1. A very thoughtful post :)

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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    1. Yes, without it, we are not developing as a country :-(. Thanks.

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  3. Jayanta , you have again taken up a very important topic of our times. Development and sustainability, development and environment, development and inclusion - all important debates and all requiring lot more deep thinking and careful implementation for the good of all.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, I intend to provoke thoughts on these topics through all my posts- can't get very long though and am keeping them without the statistical part. More than debate, introspection about taking up somethings, however minuscule that may be will be worthwhile :-).

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  4. Your posts always manage to trigger my thoughts!

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    1. Thanks, Ma'm. If that does really happen, my efforts are worth spent :-).

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  5. In the current path of India moving up in the road of glory, the developments are happening in pockets – only to the fortunate few benefiting from the same when the percolation effect of economic growth is not being enjoyed by the downtrodden. Look at BMARU states and we will know development is not even... Look at metro cities and we know its not reaching to everyone- with too many migrations taking place! Poor are poorest, rich are richest... There is a significant BPL! Important issue to ponder over!

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    1. Very rightly pointed out. We are far away from real growth.. Thanks for your time.

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  6. Thoughtful and interesting Jayanta :)

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  7. Yes of course we can, and why should we not. Every bit we do counts toward overall. Inclusive growth starts at home with so many people working for us round the clock. Do we include them in our sense of life?

    Richa

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    1. Yes, we can. I also hinted at including the set of people making so much contributions to our lives - our maids, cooks along with us as much as possible... Thanks.

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  8. Very insightful and thought provoking post. You are correct that the fruits of development are being enjoyed and shared by very few people. The teeming millions are still living below the poverty line.

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    1. Thanks, Ushaji. Appreciate your time and blessings so that I can continue expressing my thoughts...

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  9. Why a country of so much wealth and culture still go behind when it comes to some people's life style ... for a country to be good... we should be... and do our bit..
    I loved this write up!

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    1. Thanks, Ma'M. You have pointed a very pertinent issue. Thanks for your time.

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  10. You are right, India has been on the path of development by it is not inclusive and does not percolate down properly

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    1. Thanks, Ma'm. We can't ignore doing our bit :-).

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  11. Thanks for yet another great read, Jayanta. It is very important issues you address - on fundamental human rights. Interesting to read what goes on in India.

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    1. Hi Eli, Thanks. While I am bringing up some critical issues through my posts, hope you are not getting to know only the negative sides of India from here. All others are spreading what all are beautiful in India..

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  12. Hi Jayanta,
    Indeed yet another timely post for the day.
    Its the need of the hour. Though these days
    its taking place in many area a major portion
    is still untouched with that word called development.
    Good one
    Thanks for sharing
    Philip Ariel

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    1. Thanks, Philips. Appreciate your time on my post.

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  13. Fantastic food for thought! #a2zchallenge stop http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com/ mine are short sweet and not deep this year. I sure loved reading yours. I have lived in several countries and I do believe that Developmental growth needs more balance in the world.

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  14. The social architecture in our country is still a divided one. Since the time of English rule, we live divided. And the benefits of these divisions is reaped by those who are clever enough to think of their interests. We need to get up and work as a true democracy. This is what I speak in context of India. Development must be inclusive. I totally agree with this.

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    1. Thanks, Namrata for stopping by. You have touched upon very relevant issues for today's India. Thanks again.

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  15. In my other life when I'm not a writer/journalist/gardener/care-giver, I'm a social activist and I strongly believe that we can all do something to help develop our communities and that every little bit we do counts. Even when you start a small business and you hire one or two people, you make a difference. You feed families, make sure they have shelter and electricity etc. As for my gardens, making produce bags and giving to my SIL's workers means those families can eat well for days on end. It doesn't cost me much. It's not money... the leaves usually grow back (so I'm not giving anything away at a loss), but through that, more families have better food security.

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    1. Hi Damaria, You are exactly doing the things all of us should be doing for an inclusive growth. Thanks for sharing this information. I appreciate your time and the service you are doing for the society from the core of my heart.

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  16. This is a bit long for the A-Z, but I can sense your passion here and love for your country. Good luck in your efforts. You're right about education. Change starts there!
    Shells–Tales–Sails

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    1. Thanks for your time and comments. Appreciated.

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  17. What a coincidence, Jayanta! A moment back I posted a blog on the theme of development and here you are expressing very similar views. Yes, this is an important issue especially now that we, Indians, are harping on the same string.

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  18. Yes, this indeed is need of the hour and we are voicing the same concern. Should take the next steps as well :-).

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  19. This one is so timely, given that we are a country are still 'developing' while we ought to have gathered speed long back !! Thanks for the insight, here !

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