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human development index the basic purpose of development is to enlarge peoples choices In principle these choices can change over time people often value achievements that donot show up at all or not ultimately in income or growth figuresgreater access to knowledge better nutrition and health services moer secure livelihoods security against crime and physical violences satisfying leisure hours political and cultural freedoms and sense of participation in community activities the objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy longhealthy and creative lives-mahbub ul haq the issue is not to easy to resolvewe shall have intuitive notion of developmentwhen we speak of a developed society we picture in our minds a society in which people are well fed and well clothedpossess access to a variety of commodities have the luxury of some leisure and entertainmentand live in ahealthy environmentwe think of a society free of violent dicriminationwith tolerable levels of equalitywhere the sick recieve proper medical attention and people donot have to sleep on sidewalksin short most of us would insist that a minimal requirement for a developed nation is that physical quality of life be highand so uniformlyrather than being restricted to an ingrously affluent minorityof course the notion of a good society goes further we might stress political rights and freedomsintellectuals and cultural development stability of the familiy a low crime rate and so on however a high and equally accesible level of material well being is probably a prerequisite for most other kinds of advancement quite apart from being a worthy goal in itself low per capita income is an important feature of economic underdevelopment-perhaps the most important feature and there is little doubt that the distribution of income accross the worlds nation is extra ordinariily skewedthe disparities are enormous and no amount of fine tuning in measurement methods can get rid of the stark inequalities that we live with nevertheless both for a
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