Category Archives: Sustainable Development

Poverty is Cancer not Flu ! – Mahbub Ul Haq

Late Pakistani economist Mahbub Ul Haq is the brain behind UNDP’s human development index (HDI). He has seen the emptiness and deception of using GDP growth as measure of national progress. His concept of human development brought a paradigm shift in the global developmental discourse. Now more and more countries are trying to measure people’s well being beyond per capita GDP numbers. Continue reading

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India: Growth Vs Development Debate

Five year old Sen-Bhagwati debate has brought into focus the crucial debate around the India’s development path. Should it follow the Western path of GDP growth alone or also focus on developing human capital? And how about sustainability of development? Continue reading

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Is the World Heading Towards a New Global Order?

The world is much changed today. It needs a new set of governing rules; more just and more humane. Continue reading

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What India can Learn from Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH)

Lifestyles of Indians basically have spiritual roots. They value material things but at the same time also appreciate the importance of mental well-being. The 9 domains of Bhutan’s gross national happiness offer ideal framework to guide “development” in India. Continue reading

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Development: GDP Growth Alone can Never Eliminate Poverty

Economic growth in the so-called market economy inherently favors the rich; the poor only derive the “trickle down” benefits.” In fact, poverty is needed to subsidize the businesses of the rich through their low wages; therefore, poverty can never the eliminated. Continue reading

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Kerala: A Unique Place on the Planet!

Kerala’s people development model has amazed development experts around the world. It offers the right model of other developing countries to follow. Continue reading

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Will Bhutan Inspire The World To Follow Sustainable Development?

Bhutan is the only country in the world that does not measure its progress in GDP terms. Realizing the inadequacies of GDP, it adopted a holistic approach to enhance the well-being and happiness of its people through its idea of Gross National Happiness (GNH). It goes well beyond economics and considers factors like spirituality, cultural aspects, ecological diversity and good governance. Continue reading

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