Forty years ago the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) noticed that Kerala has achieved social progress comparable to that of the West without industrialisation. It asked experts to study the phenomenon, hoping it will yield a new model of development.
Economists like Amartya Sen offered explanations for the paradox of social advance without economic advance. However, a developmental model that others can replicate did not emerge.
Kerala continues to throw up paradoxes....
These are the opening paras of an article I wrote for IANS.
The article can be read at one of the following sites:
Yahoo! India News
Selekha.com News Hopper