Nehru's legacy: Development plan

Development model

Print edition : December 12, 2014

1950: Nehru signing the First Five Year Plan (1951-56) document. Photo: The Hindu Archives

1959: Nehru with P.C. Mahalanobis. The Nehru-Mahalanobis strategy constitutes, to this day, the core of any genuine anti-imperialist and pro-people development strategy in an economy such as India's. Photo: The Hindu Archives

January 7, 1958: Nehru at the industrial estate at Guindy in Chennai. Chief Minister K. Kamaraj and the Madras State Industries Minister R. Venkataraman (right) are also in the picture. Photo: THE HINDU Archives

December 1952: Nehru visiting the Mullaperiyar dam in Kerala's Idukki district. The Nehru-Mahalanobis strategy, while attempting to boost land augmenting investment (such as irrigation), eschewed any attempt at boosting agro-based exports. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The Nehru-Mahalanobis strategy, which does not promote the export of products that take land away from foodgrain production, must constitute the crux of any anti-imperialist development plan.
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