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Timely Vaccination Can Protect Precious Little Lives from Vaccine-preventable Diseases—Save a Child, Save a Life, and Save a Dream.

Bottom to Top Development Approach through Better Use of the Federal Structure

India is fourth largest economy in the world and is poised to overtake Japan in the near future. However,  the benefits of developments has not reached every Indian. Indian economy has performed well even during the periods of recession over the last decade. The world is facing a similar scenario again. Therefore, it is imperative for the government to strengthen the fundamentals of the Indian economy. The country has a federal system of governance, but we still face problems in implementation of welfare schemes and development programs. Issues and disputes remain unresolved for years and decades. The time has come to leverage the federal structure and make efficient use of the Panchayats, municipal bodies and district administration to implement welfare programs, and introduce new development schemes at the village and district level. State governments can create a district development model. To begin with, they can develop a pilot scheme for the development of each village or town …

Way Forward for India: Development of Small Cities and Towns, Creation of Knowledge Hubs

India has made significant progress over the last two decades. The demographic dividend is also playing a crucial role in its growth and development. The stage is now set for a more proactive role in the global economy. As such, it is imperative for India to make best use of its human capital and skill sets in an era, where knowledge is increasingly being considered as the differentiating factor in providing competitive advantage to the economies. 
India's growth in the recent years has been primarily driven by the service economy, wherein major cities have played a vital role. However, the growth has also resulted in overcrowding of cities. India's future success story and advancement depends to a large extent on the growth of the small towns and cities, which have tremendous scope for infrastructural development. The youth in these small towns and cities have a lot of hidden potential, which needs to be leveraged. They have the potential to become future managers, entrepre…

Lessons from Thailand

When we talk of Thailand, the Land of Smiles, the impressions that first strike the mind, are its rich culture heritage, Temples, Spas and Resorts. However, Thailand has much more to offer. Thailand was the bright star of the "Asian Economic Miracle", before the disastrous financial crisis of 1997. 
The Thai One Tambon, One Product Scheme (OTOP) offers unique way to promote balanced regional development and economic prosperity. The scheme, which was first initiated in Japan has been hugely successful in Thailand. Tambon refers to a sub-district or local administrative unit. The country has over 7200 Tambons. The scheme aims at encouraging villages to develop and promote a unique product from the region. Tambon fairs and festivals are organized every year, providing opportunity for villagers and entrepreneurs to showcase their products. The products range from handicrafts and clothes to beverages, jewellery products and home decor. Smaller countries may customize the scheme …

Indigenous Strategies for Economic Development and Social upliftment

Various regions of the world have diverse geographic, socioeconomic, ethnic, demographic, cultural and political environment. The issues and challenges differ from region to region. While some countries have homogenous societies, others have hugely diversified cultures and social strata. There also exists a significant difference in the way people react to issues of social, economic and political concern.  An economic development strategy, which may have worked in one region of the world may not necessarily bring the desired development in other parts of the world. As such,  different regions must strive to develop their own or customized strategies of economic development and balanced regional growth, while learning lessons from the experiences of other regions of the world. Even if they attempt to emulate a particular model or strategy, it must be re-designed by taking cognizance of the issues and challenges faced by the country. This would help improve the standard of living and b…