This book, a collection of six lectures Dr Kapila Vatsyayan made at different UNESCO seminars and two reports she prepared for UNESCO, presents, discusses, analyses and prognosticates the varied aspects of human development in India and other developing nations. She has made some commendable observations and suggestions with a futuristic view on UNDP’s “Human Development Report 1990” which defines and measures human development.
Through these papers and reports, Dr Vatsyayan has attempted to chart out a new perspective as far as development is concerned from the viewpoint of developing countries. The Western paradigms in defining development do not fit the frame of these countries. Culture, arts, oral wisdom, all should come to play a crucial role in defining, planning and executing developmental programmes in such countries, and in defining their educational status.
In addition, the volume provides a historical glimpse of Delhi and addresses the issues of cultural heritage and cultural lifestyle of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. In a nutshell, Dr Vatsyayan makes the readers travel with her continuous UNESCO engagement, over a period of sixty years.
Contents: Introduction. 1. The transforming power of the human mind. 2. Contribution of the arts in the process of social transformation in the third world. 3. Human development in Indian perspective – strategies for the future. 4. Promotion of international exchanges in the arts – the Indian experience. 5. Cultural dimensions of development – the development of appropriate methodologies. 6. Strengthening efforts to access the interconnection between culture and development in the elimination of poverty. 7. Alternatives to the norm: examining perspectives of art and culture. 8. Delhi human development report. Index.