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The sharpening poverty contradictions and their links to a larger governance reality is the theme of this book. Enhanced understanding of the security and human rights situation in South Asia has also led to identification of alternative possibilities for innovative policy at both the micro and macro levels. Action research, which provides the material basis for formulating sustainable policy, differentiates this work from conventional development thinking and action. This material basis is provided by learning from the survival struggles of the poor themselves and new social movements in South Asia, and not from a priori theorizing and received wisdom from distant contexts. The book identifies critical elements in a more holistic interdisciplinary and analytical methodology. Another methodological innovation reflected in this work is the dialogical ...
Chapter 1: The Point of Departure: Understanding the Reality, Constructive Dissent and Moving from Lessons on the Ground to Sustainable Policy
The Point of Departure: Understanding the Reality, Constructive Dissent and Moving from Lessons on the Ground to Sustainable Policy
The Point of Departure
On independence from colonial rule in the late 1940s, many mainstream South Asian political leaders, scholars and development practitioners alike got caught up in a false debate on how to move the region's economics and politics towards the next social transition. The intellectual framework that provided the underpinnings for this debate based on ‘representative’ democracy and ‘economic’ developments had little relevance to South Asian realities and culture in the widest sense.
The reality, put in simple but not simplistic terms, was that a tremendous cultural resurgence ...