Development requires major source of unfreedom: poverty as well as tyranny, poor economic opportunities as well as systematic social deprivation, neglect of public facilities as well as intolerance or overactivity of repressive states.
The Affluent Society not only changed the way the country viewed itself, but gave new phrases to the language: Conventional wisdom, the bland leading the bland, private opulence and public squalor.
On being invited to the Jaipur Festival, I was naturally nervous about attempting an opening address to such an elite gathering.
Defeated argument that refuses to be obliterated can remain very alive.
I really do believe that education, despite this massive potential in transforming human lives, has not received the kind of attention that people should have given to it.
I think that so many of our abilities to do things depend on interaction with each other.
Violence is fomented by the imposition of singular and belligerent identities on gullible people, championed by proficient artisans of terror.
[Globalization] has enriched the world scientifically and culturally and benefited many people economically as well.
Famines occur under a colonial administration, like the British Raj in India or for that matter in Ireland, or under military dictators in one country after another, like Somalia and Ethiopia, or in one-party states like the Soviet Union and China.
ThereÂs a clear and strong connection between fertility reduction and womenÂs literacy and empowerment, including womenÂs gainful employment. If you look at the more than 300 districts of India, the strongest influences in explaining fertility variations are womenÂs literacy and gainful economic employment.
The notion of human right builds on our shared humanity. These rights are not derived from the citizenship of any country, or the membership of any nation, but are presumed to be claims or entitlements of every human being. They differ, therefore, from constitutionally created rights guaranteed for specific people.
The best hope for peace in the world lies in the simple but far-reaching recognition that we all have many different associations and affiliations, and we need not see ourselves as being rigidly divided by a single categorization of hardened groups, which confront each other.
There are two principal approaches to secularism, focusing respectively on (1) neutrality between different religions, and (2) prohibition of religious associations in state activities.
Gender inequality is not one problem, it's a collection of problems.
Globalization is a complex issue, partly because economic globalization is only one part of it. Globalization is greater global closeness, and that is cultural, social, political, as well as economic.
No substantial famine has ever occurred in any independent and democratic country with a relatively free press.
The lack of economic freedom could be a very major reason for loss of liberty, liberty of life.
There are Muslims of all kinds. The idea of closing them into a single identity is wrong.
Your voice is much more articulate and people listen to you if you've been to school. In family decisions, not surprisingly, the biggest impact in reducing fertility is girls' education.
You have to be interested in inequality. The issue of inequality and that of poverty are not separable.