This book provides an analysis of the
socio-economic problems impacting development in India. It discusses the
problem of growth vis-à-vis issues of poverty and distribution. Important
issues like demographic development and the prospect of employment, impact of
development on social relations, agriculture and food security have been
examined in the context of India’s changing development scenario. Other issues
like the declining quality of higher education, technology and rural
employment, the sanctity of gold as an offering to God and its importance as an
area of investment, development of the Dalits and the role of Think Tanks in
India find a place in the discussions.
More significantly, the problem of inclusive growth and the
mainstreaming of the marginalized sections of the society like the SCs and the
STs and the problem of women empowerment have been included in the discussion.
Economics as an area of study deals
with human activities. And it is here, in our daily economic activities and
human relations where desire and weakness converge, that we find God in all human
affairs. Thus God lives with us and we live under His perennial protection.
Panda, a gold medalist in Economics from the University of Allahabad taught
Economics in the Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, I.I.T, Kharagpur, KIIT
University, Bhubaneswar and in the
National Law University, Odisha. Prof.
Panda has also worked as the Director of the Rourkela Institute of Management
of Odisha appointed Prof. Panda as an Expert Member of the State Planning
Board, as a Member of the Second State Finance Commission, Member of the State
Farmers’ Commission and Chairman of the Third State Finance Commission. Prof.
Panda was also a Member of NACO, Government of India. He has been an active
Member of the Indian Economic Association and was the President of the Orissa
Economic Association. He has also been
associated with a number of NGOs in the state. Prof. Panda writes extensively
on various socio-economic issues and has been invited by different academic
institutions, associations and universities in India to deliver lectures. He has
also participated in several International Seminars abroad.