Development: A Saga of Two Worlds

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  • Author :V. Nath
  • Year of Publication :2002
  • ISBN: :9788170229469
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 288
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Geography

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About the Book :

In this book the author shares with the readers his experiences in what is now Pakistan, where he was born and grew up and in the USA where he went first as a student and later as a teacher, and in the countries in which he was posted. His varied experiences as a UN expert in Kuwait, Sierra Leone and The Gambia provide interesting anecdotal material for the book. Through penetrating observation of the values and life styles of people among whom he has worked, he finds that most people are happy if their deeply held beliefs and values are not disturbed. On the other hand both super affluence and extreme poverty can be socially disturbing. Reflecting on political, economic and social changes in India during the last half century, he finds a remarkable resilience in Indian society. It has accomplished without violence changes of a magnitude which even change oriented societies find it difficult to accomplish. His acute observation of Indian society makes him optimistic about India's political and economic future.

About Author :

Vishwambhar Nath spent his entire career as a development economist in India, the Middle East and Africa. Born in Lahore on July 14, 1923, Dr. Nath trained as a geographer and economist joined the Indian Planning Commission in 1950. He worked on the Census of India and led the Project Evaluation Organization (PEO) of the Planning Commission to evaluate the Community Development Programme. Later assignments in the Planning Commission included work in the Natural Resources and Urban Planning Divisions. In between in 1957, he joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and was the District Collector in Sawai Madhopur and Pali districts in Rajasthan. This volume is based on his work in Sawai Madhopur and later in The Punjab. From 1966 to 1984 Dr. Nath worked with the United Nations as a development economist in the Middle East and West Africa and worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Development Studies Centre of Boston University, USA and at The Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. His academic interests include work in Economic Development. Regional Planning, Urbanization, Rural Development and Administration and Planning.