The idea of human development, which, through the human development index (HDI), measures health, education and income instead of just income, has not only not withered away but gained in strength and sophistication.
Image: Priyanka Sharma, 5, scavenges for used plastic containers after a political rally, in New Delhi, India. Priyanka's family engages in scavenging plastic for recycling, earning less than a dollar a day. Government and aid groups' efforts to help children are overwhelmed by the staggering poverty and the dislocation of millions of rural villagers who flood the cities in search of jobs, with some as young as 3 and clutching baby siblings working the traffic-clogged streets begging for money.
Text: Subir Roy, Business standard
Images: AP, Reuters