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Expansion Projects Blocked

March 1, 1986 deeds to the truly aristocratic ones, who, since the days Plato said so, constitute the natural leaders? The Nehrus and their like got the bequest. But appearance had to be kept up. The khadi had to be spun finer and finer; to give it up altogether would have been regarded as a sacrilege. The well-meaning cliches which constituted the portmanteau of policies and programmes of the Indian National Congress could not be scuttled just like that. The totems and the taboos, both, had to be outwardly conformed to. Socialism and the public sector had to be provided pride of place in the administrative directives. Mahatma Gandhi, quietly and obligingly, had passed on the inheritance, but it had to be handled with care, a sudden rush of blood would not do. The rich and the affluent would of course inherit India, but, to begin with, there must be no ostentation; hasten slowly.

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