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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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Uttar Pradesh: The Burden of Inertia *

Uttar Pradesh: The Burden of Inertia *

(p.33) 2 Uttar Pradesh: The Burden of Inertia*
Indian Development

Jean Drèze

Haris Gazdar

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the problem of economic and social backwardness in Uttar Pradesh and its causal antecedents. Among these are the disastrous functioning of public services in rural areas, the persistence of widespread illiteracy, and the suppression of women's agency in society. This chapter also talks about the social and political circumstances underlying these diverse failures.

Keywords:   Uttar Pradesh, economic backwardness, social backwardness, public services, rural areas, illiteracy, suppression of women's agency

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