The Right to Development (RTD) is a new and highly contested right. Its emergence is linked to the demand for a ‘new international economic order’ by developing countries. Composite in nature and integrating civil and political rights with economic, social and cultural rights, the RTD approach underscores participation, a fair sharing of benefits, transparency and non-discrimination. The present volume explores the theoretical and practical aspects of RTD as an alternative to existing approaches to development. It brings together the reflections and insights of some of the finest scholars on the specific aspects of RTD.
Chapter VI: Public Action as Participatory Development: The Kerala Experience Re-Interpreted
Public Action as Participatory Development: The Kerala Experience Re-Interpreted
The present chapter is a modest attempt at some conceptual and analytical contributions in participatory development in the context of Kerala. We interpret participatory development in a broad context of organisation and mobilisation of people at specific junctures of the historical progress of a society. Unlike its static reference to conceptual variants of local level self-government and the still-micro self-help groups (SHGs), this contextualisation identifies the initiatives in the initial integration of nationalist feelings, that is, popular mobilisation for the first generation (civil and political) rights itself. Securing these rights primarily represents the basis of participatory development taken in a dynamic chain of progressive realisation with local ...