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India’s current development model has resulted in social and environmental degradation, as well as increasing inequality. In the above context, examine the need for a new path prioritizing social justice and ecological sustainability in the context of India’s development.

Topic: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

4. India’s current development model has resulted in social and environmental degradation, as well as increasing inequality. In the above context, examine the need for a new path prioritizing social justice and ecological sustainability in the context of India’s development. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

The article argues that India’s current development model, which prioritizes economic growth and industrialization, has resulted in social and environmental degradation, as well as increasing inequality. The author calls for a new path that prioritizes social justice, human well-being, and ecological sustainability.

Key Demand of the question: 

To write about various issues in the current model of development and need for an alternative approach to development.

Directive word: 

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by giving context about the current model of development.

Body:

Firstly, write about the major issues in the current model of development – prioritizes economic growth and industrialization, has resulted in social and environmental degradation, as well as increasing inequality.

Next, write about alternative approach needed to development – prioritizes social justice, human well-being, and ecological sustainability, incorporate traditional knowledge and practices, prioritize the needs of marginalized communities, and promote decentralized, participatory decision-making processes. Mention ways of achieving it.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.