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A Human Rights Based Approach to Development in India

Over the last twenty years, India has enacted legislation to turn development goals such as food security, primary education, and employment into legal rights for its citizens. But enacting laws is different from implementing them. A Human Rights Based Approach to Development in India examines a diverse range of human development issues over a period of rapid economic growth in India. Demonstrating why institutional and economic development are synonymous, this volume details the many obstacles hindering development. The contributors ultimately ask whether India’s approach to development is working and whether its right to develop is at odds with its international commitments.


Table of Contents

Foreword / Pitman B. Potter

Introduction / India and a Human Rights Based Approach to Economic Development / Moshe Hirsch, Ashok Kotwal, and Bharat Ramaswami

1 India’s National Food Security Act and the WTO Agreement on Agriculture / Milind Murugkar

2 Primary Education in India: Evidence and Practice / Ashok Kotwal, Bharat Ramaswami, and Wilima Wadhwa

3 Ensuring the Right to Work through Better Governance / Ashwini Kulkarni

4 From Cautious Support to Precautionary Paralysis: The Evolution of India’s Regulatory Regime for Transgenics / Milind Kandlikar

5 Child Malnutrition, Infant Feeding Practices, and Nutrition Information: Evidence from India / Nisha Malhotra

6 Foreign Direct Investment and Intergroup Disparities in India / Ashwini Deshpande

7 Climate Change Mitigation: The Indian Conundrum / Milind Kandlikar and Simon Harding

Conclusion / Moshe Hirsch, Ashok Kotwal, and Bharat Ramaswami

References; Index

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