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Poverty, Environment, Development-A View from Gandhi s Window

Poverty, Environment, Development A View from Gandhi's Window L C Jain Patterned as it is after the Mahalanobis model of development, the Indian economy presents a picture of growth and achievement on many fronts: a tremendous increase in the output of what, in official circles, are regarded as development goods; considerable expansion in the communication, transport and irrigation infrastructures; a steep rise in agricultural and industrial production; a high volume of foreign trade, buffer stocks and bank deposits; a steady growth in investment and savings, These are all achievements that exceeded by far 'the best dreams of the early planners'. But in what measure have these investments and outputs mitigated the problems of poverty and unemployment? More specifically, what effect have they had on the diets of the poor, to whom, as Gandhi said, 'god appears in the form of food'?

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