A very valid point raised, Aparajita!!
indeed, if THIS is "Development", then do we really need it??
because, development, as one understands, must take one forward, towards progress and betterment of society. and one thing that strikes me about the current scenario in India is that people's behaviours are somewhat contradictory in themselves. or should one say that the collective trend of our society is contradictory. in the sense that, on the one hand, it is being pulled towards western culture norms and materialistic inclinations, but at the same time, there is a seemingly vast increase in spiritual trends. atleast, that's what one would conclude from the rising numbers present in spiritual classes/functions/affiliations.
now isn't that surprising???