Article on Development

Development Discourse:
Mainstream and Gandhian
Siby K. Joseph
Development has emerged as a major theme in the discourses of social sciences
in recent times. Starting with Truman’s and Rostow’s concepts of economic growth, it has run into several phases assuming different intellectual hues in the post war period. Of late it has taken new forms like sustainable development and inclusive growth. The major thesis of the paper is that all these efforts have failed to make any significant dent in the crisis confronting the mainstream development. It is in this context that Gandhi’s concept of development has come to attract attention of scholars and activists all over the world. This paper has tried to examine Gandhi’s critique of development as an integral part of modern industrial civilization as well as adumbrate the features of a viable model of economic development which could be sustainable and enduring
proposed by him.

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