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Sociology and Social Anthropology in India by Yogesh Atal

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DEVELOPMENT STUDIES IN INDIA

R.R. Prasad

Introduction

Development is an extremely complex phenomenon and an even more complex process. It is a multifaceted concept having different connotations. ‘Development’ is a term which embraces a wide range of interpretations stemming from the multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives, differing ideological premises, and varying usages by development agencies—international and national. Different disciplines have given different denotations to the expression Development. Almost all the available writings on development-related issues suggest that the concept of development itself has become an issue of considerable debate; a contentious question subjected to a variety of interpretations.

Development, ...

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