Unplanning, Modi style

Print edition : September 19, 2014

Narendra Modi delivering his Independence Day speech in which he announced his intention to dismantle the Planning Commission. Photo: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP

April 1, 1950: Jawaharlal Nehru presiding over the inaugural meeting of the Planning Commission in New Delhi. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. "The BJP and its leaders' minds work in the same channel which Rajiv Gandhi rode, and which was being followed by the overwhelming majority of the Congress leadership for the past 25 years," says the economist Ashok Mitra. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia in New Delhi on April 17, 2013. Successive governments after 1991 took India down the path of neoliberal reform, which saw a qualitative dilution of the Commission's role and agenda. Photo: Ramesh Sharma

By choosing to dump the Planning Commission rather than strengthen and expand its role to suit the changed environment, Prime Minister Modi has signalled that he does not want even the minimal checks and balances that an organisation like it can exert on his neoliberal adventures.

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