The paradox of progress4 min read . Updated: 01 May 2017, 09:03 AM IST
India's development agenda must go much deeper than digitization of the government and the economy
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" are the opening words of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale Of Two Cities. They describe the mood of people in France and England when revolutions against the old order brewed in Europe in the 18th century. “Paradox Of Progress" is the title of a report by the US National Intelligence Council in January 2017. The paradox is that while humanity has experienced the best few decades in history, with billions lifted out of poverty, there is increasing unrest in many nations. While people have more freedom from poverty, and more political freedoms than they have ever had before, they are rising against the liberal-democratic ideology that should be given credit for the remarkable global achievements of the last half-century.