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Authors

Ratan Lal Basu

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Abstract

Extract:
Now that the Nobel prize euphoria in India has long subsided, it is time for Indian social scientists and their colleagues abroad to reflect and scrutinize closely the sanctity assigned to the concept of a Human Development Index. The original concept of the HDI, no doubt, sprang from authentic humanitarian motivations and has done a remarkable job to point out the severity of human deprivations all over the world and to attempt to quantify them. The problem arises when the ‘eradication of human deprivations’ becomes synonymous with ‘human development’.

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