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

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Calcutta Diary

January 12, 1974 Calcutta Diary A M FIVE-YEAR plans are beautiful, lofty things; five-year plans have been debased beyond measure Whence does all this fury come, this ersatz fury over an ersatz issue? Who goes there, friend or foe, halt and be counted. If you are a purveyor of the four and a half per cent rate of growth, you are mine sworn enemy, a reactionary and a wretch, Jet perdition overwhelm you. If, on the contrary, you wave the flag of a five and a half per cent rate of growth, a kiss on either cheek and maybe a Tad- ma Vibhusana for you. The falsity which defines New Delhi's character leads to issues being formulated in such absurd terms with ponderous tracts being written on their basis.

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