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Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292043

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292043.001.0001

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Radical Needs and Moderate Reforms *

Radical Needs and Moderate Reforms *

(p.1) 1 Radical Needs and Moderate Reforms*
Indian Development

Amartya Sen

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an analysis of the persistence of endemic deprivation in India, and of the role of public action in addressing that problem. It emphasizes the need to go beyond the narrow focus of current policy debates on the issue of market-oriented reforms aimed at accelerating the rate of economic growth. These reforms can contribute to the elimination of basic deprivations in India, but they need to be supported and supplemented by a far more active involvement in the provision of basic education, health care, social security, and related fields.

Keywords:   India, endemic deprivation, public action, market-oriented reforms, economic growth, education, health care, social security

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