Any discussion around IndiaÃ¢Â€Â™s Social Policy, Social Welfare andSocial Development ought to be laid in the context of IndiaÃ¢Â€Â™s sixtyyears of planning history. In this critical essay, I explore the viewsand treatise of octogenarian Shankar Pathak on social welfare policiesand development of the poor in India. In those sixty years ofplanning, India has certainly made strides, such as producing somebillionaires that enter into whoÃ¢Â€Â™s who list compiled by Forbes,alongside its poor making worldÃ¢Â€Â™s record officially included into thetop ten poor nations. IndiaÃ¢Â€Â™s situation can be aptly captured andsurmised by borrowing the famous saying of American PoliticalEconomist Ã¢Â€Â˜doing better but feeling worseÃ¢Â€Â™ ( Wildavsky, 1977, pp105), this paper examines PathakÃ¢Â€Â™s (2013) views on social policy,welfare and social development in India and to an extent his viewson social work profession in India.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Social Work|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2013|