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Planning and Political Economy in Post Colonial India

AS in the case of almost every other kind of discourse in post-colonial India, the discourse of planning also had its moorings in the colonial past. Deliberate policy-making with state help for economic development was part of the early economic nationalism of such thinkers as R C Dutt, G V Joshi, Dadabhai Naoroji, M G Ranade and G K Gokhale [Chandra, 1969]. But planning in the stricter sense of chalking out a programme of expenditure and admini-strative (or political) action for national economic development in the. light of the availability of resources and assessment of needs seems to have gained currency from the 1920s. M Visvesvaraya can probably be regarded as the pioneer in talking about planning in India in this sense [Visvesvaraya, 1920, 1934; Chattopadhyay, 1985].

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