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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT : A HOLISTIC PARTICIPATORY APPROACH
Pandey K.N. and Tewari, P. K.
History had led to vast inequities, learning almost three-froths of the world's population living in less-developed countries and one-fifth below the poverty line. The long-term impact of past industrialization, exploitation and environmental degradation can not be ignored. It is only right that development in this new century be even more conscious of its long-term impact. The problems are complex and the choices are difficult. With common concerns and shared responsibilities our common future can be saved. In 1972, the Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi emphasized, at the UN Conference on Human Environment at Stockholm that the removal of poverty is an integral part of the goal of an environmental strategy for the world.
The rural areas are critical to the life of all people. Most of the Earths' natural resources are in rural area. It would be a mistake to assume that the only purpose for rural development is for the poor and disadvantaged people who have been left behind in a rapid advance forwards a technological world of assumption. These rural areas which are so critical to people are inhibited by most of the world's population. Indian scenario is not exception to this fact. The data appended below gives a very clear picture of poverty in India.