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Hail National Bourgeoisie

tions. John Matthai, the Finance Minister, saw the Planning Commission "as a tool of Nehru to reduce the importance of the industrial and commercial classes''. Gopal however fails to mention that Sardar Patel succeeded in deleting a passage from the original draft that would have denned the purpose of planning as "the progressive elimination of social, political and economic exploitation inequality, the motive of private gain in economic activity or organisation of society and the anti-social concentration of wealth and means of production". 3 Further, Nehru first offered the chairmanship of the Planning Commission to conservative leaders like Rajendraprasad and Rajagopala- chari. As both of them declined the offer, he became its chairman. But despite his chairmanship and his preference for 'socialistic' planning, the status of the Planning Commission, did not rise beyond that of an advisory broad. He had hardly any idea of what the Planning Commission was doing. "I am almost completely out of touch. Occasionally some paper may come to me. But the real job of planning is to think and discuss vital matters. Either this is done without my knowledge or this is not done at all, because I have no information about it" (p 198).

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