Planning and Social Transformation: Remembering D.P. Dhar as a Social Planner
Pulin B. Nayak ()
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Pulin B. Nayak: Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics, Postal: Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007, India.
Indian Economic Review, 2015, vol. 50, issue 2, 317-334
The Indian Planning Commission was set up by a Resolution of the Government of India in March 1950. The chief advocate for adopting planning as a necessary prerequisite for giving direction to and coordinating the process of development was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. For Pandit Nehru, planning had to be an intrinsic function of government in any developing country that was avowedly committed to socialism. As early as the years 1910-12, while in London as a student, Nehru had been attracted to Fabian socialism, and a philosophical commitment to a socialistic pattern of society was the sheet anchor of his entire political thought process. As a young political leader who later made a mark in the struggle for India's independence from British colonial rule, Nehru was invited to the Soviet Union in 1927 on the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution. Subsequently he keenly followed the spectacular progress achieved by the Soviets after they embarked on their first five year plan in 1928.
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