The aim of this paper is to ponder over the term, ‘development’, as a concept with regard to the Third World countries, especially, in relation to Pakistan. Traditionally and historically, the debate on ‘development’ has ignored local or indigenous perspectives usually dubbed as ‘backward’, ‘traditional’, ‘obsolete’, and ‘out-dated.’ The authors are of the view that development as a concept has been misused to subjugate as well as subordinate the third world nations in order to extend colonial agenda. This was done deliberately to make local populations of the third world countries, like Pakistan, to shun their indigenous intellectual heritage. The paper is an attempt to generate a scholastic debate and exchange of professional views upon the development direction as required by countries like Pakistan. In addition, the paper builds an anthropological case to include the socio-cultural factors in order to revisit the development paradigm to suit the unique cultural perspective of the nation.
Abid Ghafoor Chaudhry, Hafeez ur Rahman Chaudhry. (2013) Development Paradigm Revisited: A Few Anthropological Considerations , The Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, Volume-21, Issue-1.