By N.C. Saxena

Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

Prerequisites: None

Office Hours: Drop-in sessions and/or by appointment

Despite high economic growth in the last 20 years, India is still among the countries with some of the lowest indicators of human development. Its levels of hunger, illiteracy and poverty are unacceptably high. The rise in income inequalities and regional disparities is also a matter of concern. Employment levels in India have been virtually stagnant and have declined for women in the last two decades. India's pace of improving the social indicators is much slower than countries poorer than India, such as Bangladesh and Vietnam. Policy-makers are thus faced with a paradox—the persistence of deprivations and increasing insecurities among a large section of the population amidst growing affluence and prosperity for some.

The objective of this course is to discuss the above issues and suggest what needs to be done to make India achieve inclusive growth, especially for the marginalised, such as women, tribals, and Muslims.