The latest Human Development Report, or HDR, (2010), marking its 20th anniversary, is both remarkable and useful. Remarkable because it brims with intellectual confidence, born out of a sense of vindication over the "conceptual brilliance and continued relevance" of Mahbub ul-Huq's original human development paradigm set out in the first sentence of the 1990 report - "People are the real wealth of nations."
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