The New India: Progress through Democracy

The New India: Progress through Democracy

The New India: Progress through Democracy

The New India: Progress through Democracy

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India's aspirations are set out in its Constitution, which aims at securing for all its citizens

Justice, social, economic and political; Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; Equality of status and of opportunity; and [promoting] among them all Fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity of the nation.

The methods adopted by India and the institutions it seeks to establish for achieving economic and social development are part of its ideal of a free and democratic society which aims at rapid and continuous economic progress with the largest possible measure of social justice.

India's First Five Year Plan, which ended in March 1956, prepared the way for a greater national effort. The Plan evoked widespread enthusiasm, opened to large sections of the people the opportunity of service in the common cause of eliminating poverty and raising standards of living, and strengthened the national economy.

The Second Five Year Plan, which commenced in April 1956, is a natural sequel to the First Plan. It carries forward the community development and other programs initiated in the First Plan and also . . .

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