Birth of an Alternative Development Paradigm
A Special Lecture by Prof Sunil Ray on Birth of an Alternative Development Paradigm
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On behalf of IMPRI and Centre for Development, Communication and Studies (CDECS), Jaipur, we invite you to IMPRI #WebPolicyTalk on
Birth of an Alternative Development Paradigm
Prof Sunil Ray, Former Fellow, M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP); Former Director, A. N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna
Sunil Ray (Ph.D., Economics) has served as the Director of A. N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna. Prior to that, he was Dean, School of Social Sciences and Head, Centre for Economic Studies and Policy at the Central University of South Bihar. He was Professor of Economics at the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, and has taught at National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, and was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex (UK) and Institute of Oriental Studies (Russia).
Besides, he visited several countries on international assignment. He was a former fellow, M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP) and worked on alternative development paradigm. Professor Ray has 35 years of experience in research and teaching in the field of environmental economics, political economy of development, rural development and institutional economics.
He was part of the review mission team of the European Commission and has worked on several consulting assignments with the World Bank and other international organizations. His papers have been published extensively in reputed national and international journals, such as Economic and Political Weekly, International Journal of Ecological Economics, Asian Survey, Savings and Development, Capitalism Nature and Socialism, among others. Oxford University press and Sage Publications in edited volumes. He has authored several books including Industrial Growth and Protection in India (1988); Natural Resources, Organization and Technology Linkages (1997); Agricultural Services and the Poor (co-authored) (1999): Management of Natural Resources: Institutions for Sustainable Livelihood (2008); and Theorizing cohesive development an alternative Paradigm (co-ed )( 2020).
Dr Ambika Vishwanath, Co-Founder & Director, Kubernein Initiative; Non-Resident Fellow, Agora Strategy Institute, Germany
Dr Niranjan Sahoo, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
Dr V Kalyan Shankar, Assistant Professor, Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune
Dr Amrita Datta, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad
Dr Arjun Kumar, Director, IMPRI, New Delhi, China-India Visiting Scholar (CIVS), Ashoka University
Dr Upender Singh, Director, Centre for Development, Communications and Studies (CDECS), Jaipur
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About the Talk: Birth of an Alternative Development Paradigm
Based on the lessons learnt from several resistance movements many of which are anti-systemic and radical transformative initiatives around the world especially against globalization, I conceive cohesive development as the alternative development paradigm that offers an alternative development trajectory to set in motion to avert civilizational crisis.
It is alternative to the mainstream development paradigm which is rooted in the capital system and has lost its appeal for its devastating act against humanity and nature. While the moorings of cohesive development are anchored on the principles of solidarity between humans on the one hand and humans and nature on the other it rejects methodological individualism to shape and direct the development process.
Instead, it is reciprocal altruism that enters into this alternative development paradigm as one of its basic constituent elements to determine the development process. The logic of capital as it works in the capital system is replaced here with the new one that seeks to establish radically different social metabolic order.
Within the framework of comprehensive co-operation, development is redefined here in that the deprived ones or subordinate groups who are excluded from various forms of power in all aspects of life including economic, social, political, environmental etc may organise themselves with their shared consciousness in to large subjects to build collective understanding about their development objective.
Their task, therefore, is to overcome the cultural hegemony of the dominate groups, preserve cultural diversity and negotiate and transact with the state and market for their collective emancipation. They must ensure that all social groups to have a voice through democratic means such as participation, dialogue etc. as ruling by obeying come in to play.
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