‘We spent all our time trying to get the policy right, we should have spent more time trying to get the politics right’ (Obama, 2012)
Any discussion around India’s Social Policy, Social Welfare and Social Development ought to be laid in the context of India’s sixty years of planning history. In this critical essay, I explore the views and treatise of octogenarian Shankar Pathak on social welfare policies and development of the poor in India. In those sixty years of planning, India has certainly made strides, such as producing some billionaires that enter into who’s who list compiled by Forbes, alongside its poor making world’s record officially included into the top ten poor nations. India’s situation can be aptly captured and surmised by borrowing the famous saying of American Political Economist ‘doing better but feeling worse’ ( Wildavsky, 1977, pp 105), this paper examines Pathak’s (2013) views on social policy, welfare and social development in India and to an extent his views on social work profession in India.
Pathak, S, (2013), Social Policy Social Welfare and Social Development, Niruta Publications, Bangalore, India, ISBN-978-81-923424-7-4
Dr. D. Jeevan Kumar
Sudheendra Kulkarni, ‘Music of the Spinning Wheel:
Mahatma Gandhi’s Manifesto for the Internet Age’,
Amaryllis Publications, New Delhi, 2012, pp. 725.
Of all the great figures of the 20th century, Gandhi has perhaps best stood the test of time. In the aftermath of a century of unprecedented mass violence, many see in him the prophet of the only possible future for mankind, a future without hatred, greed and lust for power. Interest in Gandhi’s thought and actions is on the increase, and his message to the world appears uniquely relevant. He remains however, in many ways, an enigma.
Social Work Foot Prints, 4 (4)
Social work in India has three components: clinical social work (in particular, psychiatric social work), developmental social work (or development work), and social action (for social justice and social equity) according to Prof. T.K. Nair. The present book contains ten articles from social work practitioners and social work scholars who critically analyse the different dimensions of social work practice and education.
City Express, Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Recent times has seen many published works on social services and social practices prevailing in India but Shankar Pathak’s Social Work and Social Welfare, A Historical - cultural Perspective is a lucid compilation of his published writings from his previous two books, Social Welfare-An Evolutionary And Developmental Perspective and the second one, Social Welfare, Health and Family Planning in India. The author has added four new chapters in this book that includes Bhagvat Gita, Bhakti movement, Professionalism of Social work and Developmental Social Welfare.