By Bikramaditya K Choudhary
The author is Assistant Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
Development, no matter how one defines it brings disparity, though its scale and nature could be varied. A broader historical overview that maps progress in living standards is imperative to understand the development discourse.
The understanding of development depends on the way it is defined. In 1995 Jonathan Crush, a global development studies professor at Queen’s, formulated in his book ‘Power of Development’ that development depends on who defines it, and for whom. As the origin of the concept of development lay in the western world, it remained Eurocentric for a considerable period and laid significant emphasis on the ‘capitalist form of growth’, or in the ‘growth of national income’. Regional development was thus...