From the day humans learnt to strike up light, they have been on the path of development. We have come a long way from that rudimentary stage and last few centuries have seen a big leap in that direction. But the question we need to ask is: Are all rungs of the society reaping the benefit? Is development reaching everyone?
I don’t intend to get into socialist v/s market debate here nor do I believe that everyone will get equally developed. But as a world, as a country or a nation, should n’t every human being, at least, get an opportunity for a better life? There are countries where all the basic human needs are easily met with by the country and then there are countries and societies where people struggle to make ends meet or children die of malnutrition. At the macro scale, there are consortiums like G-8, G-20 – the group of countries and other benevolent fund houses having a mission to help societies of underdeveloped or developing countries but the result do not commensurate to the intent.
Taking a note at the micro level development aspects for 3rd world developing countries, corruption -mentioned in my last post is a big killer by which the real needy are being deprived of fruits of different schemes. This menace, along with many others, is not allowing the percolation of benefits to happen to the intended beneficiary. Also lack of intent on part of different governing bodies to uplift the weaker sections have given rise to different untoward movements when they are forced to take up swords to acquire what ought to be delivered to them. In most cases, I understand through my personal interactions, the needs are very basic like school, water, roads etc. but things are denied to them years after years by many bodies.
In the current path of India moving up in the road of glory, the developments are happening in pockets – only to the fortunate few benefiting from the same when the percolation effect of economic growth is not being enjoyed by the downtrodden. That is not what a country should aspire for on this journey and picture will be clear with one look at the UNDP Human development Reports.
Can we, as individual or groups, in our own sphere of social and professional circle influence for inclusive growth – may be at a small scale that can add up to something significant in the days to come?