Friday, June 23, 2006

In praise of the Kerala model of development

Amrit Lal is doing the praising:

The buzz may be about Brand Buddha and Bengal. But a silent revolution has been taking place in another Left bastion. Burying fears about the sustainability of the state's development model, Kerala appears to have entered a phase where its achievements in social sectors are matched by sustained economic growth.

Since 1987-88, Kerala's economy has grown at a rate on a par with, or higher than the all-India average. The state's per capita net domestic product has been above the all-India average in the 1990s.