India should evolve a native model of development that suits the unique socio-economic features of this land, said the former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.
The progress achieved in the domains of science and technology, and industrialisation is hailed as development in the West. Though the technological advancement is desired, it is necessary to give more emphasis on social transformation here.
The development policies that concentrate on bringing positive changes to the lives of the downtrodden is necessary for India, he said after inaugurating a symposium to mark the birth anniversary of social reformers Swamy Vivekananda and Pandith Deendayal Upadhyay, held at PACE Pre-University College here on Saturday.
He said that the gap between the rich and the poor was widening because of the failure to frame the economic policies according to Sarvodaya principle advocated by Mahatma Gandhi. While Gandhi advocated the development of villages as self-reliant units, the policymakers laid emphasis on urbanisation and industrialisation. The exodus of rural people towards urban centres will create new socio-economic problems, he said.
The de-centralisation of political power was necessary for successful functioning of democracy. The gram panchayats should be further strengthened by delegating additional powers for them, he said. The nation though achieved independence from colonial rule, the Western education system introduced by the British to fulfil their ends continued here. The present education system has failed to impart life-skills to the students. Instead of using their knowledge to eradicate the prevailing socio-economic problems in India, the youths who have availed higher education are eager to work in high-paid jobs in abroad, he said.
He said politicians were trying to keep the caste consciousness alive to realise their selfish ends. It was necessary to eradicate the caste system to achieve comprehensive development, he said. The programme was organised by Samagra Vikasa Trust. The president of the Trust and former Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa, president of BJP State unit Prahlad Joshi were present.
‘While Gandhi wanted development of villages, policymakers laid emphasis on urbanisation’ The exodus of rural people will create new problems: Gowda
‘While Gandhi wanted development of villages, policymakers laid emphasis on urbanisation’
The exodus of rural people will create new problems: Gowda