Regional disparities in post-reform India

Regional disparities in the levels of development have once again ignited the debate on the existing inequalities between the developed and underdeveloped countries in general and between different regions within these countries in particular. In case of a developing country like India, it becomes more important to study these disparities as the new economic policies have further widened the gap between the rich and the poor states. The present study intends to analyse the patterns of the regional disparities in the levels of development in India. Considering this, four indicators have been selected to identify the spatial patterns of regional disparities in India. The Human Development Report technique is used to work out the deprivations score of each district and to convert it into a development score. The development scores of each district on four indicators have been summed up to arrive at the district’s composite development index.

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