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HDI and Gender Development Index: Current Status of Women Development in India

Vol 5, Issue 2, July - December 2018 | Pages: 30-43 | Research Paper  

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1. * Rajeshwari Malik, Associate Professor, Department of Management and Commerce, Maharaja Surajmal Institute, Delhi, India (

Economic reforms of 1990s have touched the lives of all Indians. Not just Indian economy but the society as a whole can be divided into pre and post liberalisation, privatisation, globalisation eras. Post LPG the Indian economy has been growing at a rate of 7+ per cent per annum. The Indian middle class, the aspirational class, the neo-middle class, had expanded substantially in size. Today, India is the fourth largest economy in the world. In the last two decades women across the country have reaped the benefits of this economic growth. They have become the part of global economy and market, and their lives have transformed into that of global citizens with all the comforts and luxuries in life. Today women are rapidly closing the gender gap with men in various areas. Through this research paper, an attempt is being made to critically analyse the status of women in India post reforms. Finally the paper studies Gender inequality at workplace as an indicator of development in true sense.


Economic reforms; Gender inequality; Human Development Index (HDI); Gender Development Index (GDI); Women empowerment

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