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Growth for all

The first and most important change that the new government at the Centre ought to address is shifting the pattern of development itself. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is aware of recent trends that distort the very concept of sustainable development, essentially through blind aping of everything that defines lifestyles in the developed countries. The unregulated growth of shopping malls, each guzzling several megawatts of electricity; the unsustainable exploitation of our groundwater resources, driven essentially by heavy subsidies on the price of electricity for farmers; and incursions into tribal areas and agricultural or forest lands for setting up industrial projects all of these violate the very fundamentals of sustainable development.

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