ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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People-Oriented Packaging

People-Oriented Packaging POLICY changes in parliamentary democracies like India do not occur in direct response to popular critiques alone. The ruling classes have to make accommodation for numerous pressures, often contradictory, in a manner as to protect their own interests and consolidate their dominance over the political and economic system. This much has to be accepted as a constraint of the system. What is happening today, especially with regard to the social sector is even more demoralising than having to contend with a ruling class long grown complacent, obdurate and unmoving in the face of a weak challenge to its continued rule. Popularcritiques of the government programme, grounded in the reality of the growing economic burden and social distress arc being taken over, absorbed by international agencies and regurgitated as elements of a radical new prescription for the ills of the third world. Having taken control of the direction of economic development, it has now become necessary for international agencies to ensure that third world nations can deal with the 'social' problems and especially that the recipients of the proliferating economic goodies emerging remain limited in numbers. The World Bank's policy prescriptions on India's family planning programme is a typical case of taking the opposition by the horns, reining it in, and using it to propel changes in public programmes which will increase social distress in the long run.

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