On the occasion of India’s 69th Independence Day, Chaitanya reflects on the meaning of freedom.
I find Amartya Sen’s definition of Development quite unique and interesting — he says development is the removal of unfreedoms. It is interesting that unfreedom is not a common word — even spell check flags it as a mistake. That apart, this definition does have a lot of meaning and depth. We see developed nations and societies as those where majority have a lot of freedom. Conversely lack of opportunity to pursue one’s dreams, inability to acquire good healthcare, non-availability of jobs with meaningful work, etc. are examples of “unfreedom”.
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