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A Development Manifesto

Adapting Gandhi’s words on non-violence, let us proclaim that development is the first article of our faith, it is also the last article of our creed. Let us hold aloft the banner of development. Development is our birthright. People of India, unite for development: you have nothing to lose but…. sorry, one does not know quite how to continue that sentence.

However, what is development? Some might say: high-rise buildings, expressways, flyovers, shopping malls chock-full of the world’s merchandise, roads chock-full of automobiles, a booming stock market, inflow of foreign investment, growth of GDP at 10% per annum. What about random violence in the streets, apartment blocks barricaded like fortresses, the withering of the idea of “neighbourhood”, etc? Are these also indicators of development? Let us leave that aside and accept tentatively that (as currently used) “development” and “GDP growth” are synonymous, and that burgeoning industrial, commercial, mining, hydroelectric, irrigation, and other large “projects” are generally considered to be indicators of development.

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