Question: Why do different individuals have different as well as conflicting notions of development goals? (NCERT) (Board Term-I, (WQ7FXWC), 2014(55), 2012)
Answer: Development goals may be common, different or conflicting :
(i) Common Goals : There are some needs which are common to all like income, freedom, equality, security, respect, friendship, etc.
(ii) Different Goals : Development or progress does not mean the same thing for every individual. Each individual has his own idea of development. For example, development for a farmer might be irrigation facilities; for an unemployed youth it may mean employment opportunities, etc.
(iii) Conflicting Goals : What may be development for some may become destruction for some others. Example, Industrialists may want dams for electricity, but such dams would displace the natives of a region by submerging their land.