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Bhutan's Gross National Happiness

Despite Bhutan's deliberate policy direction of promoting non-economic goals embodied in gross national happiness over gross domestic product, does GNH still incorporate the promotion of material well-being through adequate living standards based on economic progress? This article examines whether GDP is an incompatible policy objective or outcome when balanced with GNH's equitable and sustainable economic progress, good governance, ecological protection and cultural preservation policy objectives.

Change and Transformation in Rural South India

A research project on village studies to analyse the facets of rural change and transformation in the southern states noted vastly different patterns of transformation in various states, and also that the pace and directions of change differed across villages, regions and states.

Information Technology: The Cultural Divide

The Cultural Divide The imbroglio over the termination of the Media Lab Asia (MLA) project brings into focus the problems of taking a quantum leap in technology research. Media Lab Asia was a joint venture between the government of India and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created ostensibly to take technology to the masses and was intended to progressively attract funds from big companies. It was felt that with the trend of US information technology majors setting up or expanding shop in India there would be a greater interest in nurturing and building the Media Lab. Launched two years ago, it was meant to focus on technologies that would

Evading the Dilemmas

Development and Deprivation in Gujarat: In Honour of Jan Breman edited by Ghanshyam Shah, Mario Rutten and Hein Streefkerk; Sage Publications, New Delhi, Thousand Oaks and London, 2002; pp 345, Rs 580.

Taxation and Poverty Eradication

Development, Poverty and Fiscal Policy: Decentralisation of Institutions edited by M Govinda Rao; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2002; pp xvi+358, Rs 595 .

Russia: Continuing Debate over 'Shock Therapy'

After a decade of change and transition, Russia is only part of the way to the goal that it had set itself of transformation to a developed market economy. The 'shock therapy' that it adopted rather than a gradual reform process appears to have generated some adverse developments in the economy and society.

Uttar Pradesh: Deeper into the Debt Trap

The fiscal scenario in Uttar Pradesh is showing definite signs of deterioration. Part of the reason for the slow growth of per capita income is the state's inability to raise resources; but the government's inability to allocate funds for productive development has compounded the situation.

Five Years of Participatory Planning in Kerala

Kerala's uniquely successful experiment in participatory planning has seen the mobilisation of several thousands of people in the implementation of the Ninth Five-Year Plan. The process had its problems that arose essentially from the absence of a clear perspective about decentralisation. The impact of changing policies following a change of government also has its effect on decentralised planning. An objective assessment of the plan campaign is hampered if viewed through the prism of partisan politics. This paper is also an attempt to look at the plan process from the perspective of decentralisation, rather than from the perspective of planning.

Life Histories and Long-Term Change

Not only do life histories provide insights into the complexity and variety of individual lives and social relationships, they enable us to identify patterns and issues of greater generality. Analysing the'life histories' collected in course of fieldwork in a West Bengal village, this paper seeks in turn to understand rural livelihoods, while also exploring the methodological issues involved in using such information to complement other qualitative and quantitative data.

Trade Liberalisation and Poverty

What is the nexus between trade liberalisation and poverty? This question can be subdivided into two parts. One, recognising that growth is a necessary condition for a sustained reduction in poverty, what is the link between trade and growth. Two, since growth is by no means a sufficient condition for poverty reduction, what is the nexus between trade and income distribution?

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