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Re: Judiciary, Prasar Bharati, Sen

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
Like Dr Sen, I also believe that the state should try to have equal
oppotunities for all its citizens, and that the underprivileged deserve
special attention. But that does not make me a marxist. Hanging labels
like marxist, leftist, rightist makes no sense to me. the problem with
marx was that he tried to distribute wealth before it was created. the
same problem with our socialists. result -- distribution of poverty and
the creation of a class of DISHONEST RICH.

>Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 19:41:45 -0800 (PST)
>From: VPanicker@aol.com
>To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>Subject: Re: Judiciary, Prasar Bharati, Sen
>Reply-To: debate@indiapolicy.org
>Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
>I'm currently reading Amartya Sen's "India - Economic Development and
>Opportunity". Although the book occasionally delves into some of the
>esoteric aspects of 'Social Opportunity', it provides an excellent
>account of
>India's developmental successes (very few) and failures (several). His
>message is that economic development without social development is
>lead to failure and vice versa. By Social Development he means the
>(this may not be a complete list) :
>- Basic Equality
>- Social Security
>- Adequate healthcare
>- Education, especially female education
>- Gender Equality
>In other words, his definition of a developed society is one in which
>and every citizen has the freedom to achieve his or her full potential.

>argument, and I find it very persuasive, is that economic growth alone
>not lead to such a society. Importantly, social development without
>development is equally unsustainable. For example, Kerala's social
>are almost on par with the Western world and yet a majority of the
>population is either underemployed or without employment. Without the
>being pumped in from outside, Kerala's society is bound to collapse.
>When Amartya talks about being on the left side of the political
>argument, I
>dont think he means that he's a card carrying member of the Communist
>He's only a leftist in the sense that he argues on the need for a
>safety net for the underpriveleged. While markets need to be left
>they cannot be relied upon to cater to needs of the underpriveleged
>of society. In his model, both markets and governments have distinct
>crucial roles - at the risk of simplification, markets provide a
>for economic growth, governments work on providing the necessary
>infrastructure in terms of education, healthcare, social security, etc.


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