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Development Strategy and Small Industry Growth

The Small Industries Policy in India by Nasir Tyabji; Oxford University THERE have been many studies in the past on the strategy of development of small scale units, as pan of the overall strategy of economic development in India. And yet, Tew have so far endeavoured to study the problem in a historico-thcoretical framework; perhaps none has analysed the issue in the context of the growth of capitalist enterprise and production relations in India. Despite severe limitations of the availability of data bearing on the subject Nasir Tyabjee has made a valiant attempt to do precisely that; to trace the historical evolution ot the policy, the theoretical underpinning of the historical developments, the conflict between the proponents of the Gandhian philosophy (envisaging self sufficient rural communities based on pre-capitalist modes of production) and the exponents of a capitalist form of industrial growth. The background of the official policy on small scale industries in India has two distinct (and mutually incompatible) strands. On the one side, there is the pre-independence Gandhian movement, based on a view of independent India as a nation of more or less self-sufficient village communities. On the other hand, there is the view of modern, industrialised India

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