ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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NEW DELHI-Patch-Work, Not Planning

THE most striking feature of the New Delhi scene these days is the utter confusion that prevails in the government and in its various agencies. It was in such an atmosphere that the meeting arranged by the Prime Minister for the Union Cabinet with the group of six economists headed by V K R V Rao and her meetings with top industrialists, among them J R D Tata and G D Birla, took place. The meetings were construed by many to signal the start of a desperate effort by the government to find solutions to the economic problems facing the country. Leftist sections were agitated that this might mean an open Right-wing tilt in government policy. Right-wing circles were hopeful that .such indeed might be the case. Yet subsequent public speeches of the Prime Minister in West Bengal, Orissa, and UP, as well as the clarifications given by government spokesmen, have shown that the hopes and fears were equally without foundation.

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