Get Over the Growth Fetish
Hundreds of successful initiatives located all over the country have directly aimed at enhancing livelihoods, regenerating natural resources (the most important ‘infrastructure’ of 800 million people in India), using existing or building-up new skills for local production, linking this to local (and a few distant) markets, and empowering people to take control over their lives and fighting social or economic injustice. None of these used ‘growth’ as a mantra.
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Contact: Ashish Kothari
First Published by The Hindu Business Line dt. 7th July 2014