There is a growing move towards "Inclusive growth" rather than "Inclusive development". The two are distinct - while inclusive development is about equitable distribution of resources and includes access to and sustainable
distribution of resources; growth is much more economy and market driven. It is in this mould that states are taking control over/ appropriating land and natural resources that people have been traditionally dependent upon
and are expected to sacrifice at the alter of "larger growth".As long as there is economic growth there is little attention given to the growing divide that is also taking place. This is at the root of unrest and people's movements
Economic gains from ventures overide the social costs.
There is need to go back to terminologies and concepts of the eighties that laid stress sustainable and inclusive development rather than market driven economic growth
where in all social services are increasingly being privatised and getting out of the reach of the poor. So countries such as India may have the best health care facility, but it is in accessible to those who need them most. The same is
true of ' world class educational institutions'. One has to only watch the "war" that takes place when a water tanker arrives or at the community tap to see how out of reach even a 'free' resource like water is becoming, even as rivers are being harnessed for industry and cash crops.
Co-Director HAQ Centre for Child Rights
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