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Labor market and social insurance policy in India : a case of losing on both competitiveness and caring (English)

This paper examines social development in India over the last fifty years, stipulating it has suffered from three fatal flaws in the Nehruvian vision that set the tone for policies in this period. These were: 1) reliance on the Soviet model of heavy industry-oriented, and inward-looking development policy; 2) adoption of the Anglo-American concept of the "welfare state"; and, 3) the Indian/colonial feudal tradition of creating, and maintaining distance between the ruling elite, and the public. The first flaw led to a low-growth economy, while the second resulted in ambitious welfare objectives, beyond the state's capacity for implementation. The third encouraged hypocrisy on the part of the ruling class, and cynicism on the part of the masses. Taken together, these tendencies rendered the Indian economy non-competitive, and society "non-caring".

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  • Author

    Agarwala, Ramgopal Dad Khan, Zafar

  • Document Date

    2001/01/31

  • Document Type

    Departmental Working Paper

  • Report Number

    22718

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    India,

  • Region

    South Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/07/01

  • Doc Name

    Labor market and social insurance policy in India : a case of losing on both competitiveness and caring

  • Keywords

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Agarwala, Ramgopal Dad Khan, Zafar

Labor market and social insurance policy in India : a case of losing on both competitiveness and caring (English). WBI working paper series Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/463721468771598687/Labor-market-and-social-insurance-policy-in-India-a-case-of-losing-on-both-competitiveness-and-caring