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Rethinking development in India: perspective, crisis and prospects Rana P.B. Singh

In spite of tremendous scientific-technological innovations and their application in the name of development, humankind today faces a crisis at several levels. The main idea of 'progress and development' has been conceived in the light of the positivistic-reductionist, empiricist and anthropocentric enterprise introduced in Europe in the seventeenth century. However, the alternative world view of interconnectedness and holism is considered more relevant today. Modern science, like new physics, is recapitulating in many ways the ancient spiritual world view of integral living. In the light of such shifts, the idea of 'development' also needs to be reassessed, rethought and reoriented.