As a society and as individual citizens we must decide on how we define “development”, nuance the kind of development models we subscribe to and want to pursue and how do we fund any such development. Do we define ‘development’ as merely an economic concept measured by macro economic metrics like GDP / Inflation or do we want to attribute a holistic socio-economic connotation to it that includes social indicators of development (e.g. related to health, education and environment)? Do we have a short Vs. long term perspective and appropriate policies for both?
It is critical we form an informed, critically analysed and thought through opinion and participate directly in the legislative process. Let not “development” become the next political cuss-word (like ‘secular’).
I see several specific areas / issues we can start with immediately. I plan to do my part by (1) Doing my own research, going through the legislative collateral etc. to form a personal opinion (2) Publish my views here and on other social media for constructive debate / criticism (ignoring rhetoric and unsubstantiated opinions) (3) Write / Communicate to the lawmakers and hopefully have a dialogue in some form.
Here are the issues in my radar currently that I plan to spend cycles on.
- Land and land acquisition reforms and policy
- Politics and Economics of Subsidies (aka Freebies)
- Development and Environment / Natural resources