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From 50 Years Ago: ‘Growth With Social Justice’

Vol V, Nos 29-30-31 jUly 1970

‘Growth With Social Justice’

A Correspondent writes:

Yesterday’s cliches have a haunting quality about them. For weeks on end, tired season piling on tired season, the, slogan keeps churning, whirling: ‘growth with social justice’, that will-o’-the-wisp of a twin goal — economic development to be married to an optimum effort towards a larger measure of equality in this hierarchy laden society of ours. Let it not be said — even in malice retrospectively thought out — that the intent was altogether missing toward the beginning. This year’s Union Budget did raise one or two heart-throbs. Nothing much perhaps in terms of actual outlays, nothing much perhaps in terms of a thorough overhaul of the inter- and intni-sector allocations. But at least there was a certain ring of empathy in what the Prime Minister was trying to say. As of that moment, one almost felt like believing that the time, had indeed come as the Walrus said; as if hail, blithe spirit, we were indeed moving into a dazzling era of egalitarianism. It is barely a half-year since those dizzy-spring days; and yet, in this mid-point of the dull summer, even the memory of all that would seem to have wilted. Prices have maintained their long march; the employment- and welfare-oriented projects are lost somewhere in the files.

 

Updated On : 27th Jul, 2020

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