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Avoidable Controversy on Multidimensional Poverty

Given three alternate approaches to projecting poverty figures— (i) ignoring the impact of COVID-19, (ii) including it fully, and (iii) excluding only the peak impact—NITI Aayog choosing the data set that excludes the peak months of COVID-19 in 2020, as has been done in the National Family Health Survey-5, seems appropriate. However, any attempt to explain poverty reduction in a year in terms of developments or programmatic interventions in that year is unlikely to go unchallenged.

 

 

Reflections on the NITI Aayog Multidimensional Poverty Index

The availability of information from the pan-India household survey, the National Family Health Survey, facilitates the adoption of the global multidimensional poverty framework and helps in generating results for the Indian states and districts, but it fails to capture the true level of multiple deprivations in better-off states and urban areas. The explicit limitation of the fresh endeavour by the NITI Aayog is its lack of comparability across the spectrum of human development within the country.

Rohini Nayyar (1944–2021)

The illustrious contributions of Rohini Nayyar to Human Development Resources in India are elaborated. With a lively personality and zest for life, Nayyar left indelible impressions on whatever she undertook and whoever she met.

 

Managing Transition to a Low-carbon Electricity Mix in India

Demand for electricity in India is growing due to the increase in GDP and quality of life along with structural changes in the energy sector leading to the increase in the percentage share of electricity in the total final consumption of energy. Decarbonisation of the energy sector is a necessity, and it should be achieved without negatively affecting economic growth of the country. It can be best managed by having a diverse portfolio of technologies as diversity provides supply security, resilience, and hedging against price fluctuations. Therefore, all low-carbon technologies—hydro, nuclear, solar, and wind—should be exploited and provided with a level playing field.

 

Introspecting Human Development

Inclusive development is juxtaposed with human development. It is argued that for development to have a human face, human development approach is the only answer.

 

The Injustice of Child Mortality

A Shot of Justice: Priority-Setting for Addressing Child Mortality by Ali Mehdi, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp xxiv + 247, ₹995

Economic Growth and Social Security

Social and Economic Security in India, edited by S Mahendra Dev, Piush Antony, V Gayathri and R P Mamgain; Institute for Human Development, 2001; pp 523, Rs 750 (HB)

Human Well-Being and Sustainable Development

Human Well-Being and Sustainable Development Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment by Partha Dasgupta; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2001; pp xxii+305, Rs 595.

Fifty Five Years of a Feudal Democracy

The 55th anniversary of independence day should be an occasion to rejoice and celebrate. But is it? A brief perspective on where we stand in the comity of nations; what is happening in the country in terms of our governance, our mental attitude and stances.

Human Development and Civic Community in India

This paper tries to show that the central methodology of Robert Putnam's Making Democracy Work can be fruitfully applied to the study of the Indian states. It reports some of the results of the author's replication of Putnam's Italian study for the states. While a clear relationship can be demonstrated between state government performance in development and levels of civic engagement, it is harder to replicate Putnam's findings concerning the crucial role of social capital. In the Indian context, levels of education are more important and the implications of this unexpected result are addressed.

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