Development for Free Asia

Development for Free Asia

Development for Free Asia

Development for Free Asia

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This book has grown out of a paper originally written in 1953 for the Institute of Pacific Relations Conference at Kyoto, and suggested by Mr. William Holland. It would never have grown but for the encouragement of Mr. Peter Calvocoressi and the prodding of Mr. Gangadharan and my wife.

Since it has been written in such spare time as I could snatch from a very time-consuming job, it lays no claim to being learned. The ideas in it have grown from many discussions over many years, and there is hardly an ex-colleague in the Indian Civil Service, or a present colleague in Lever Brothers (India), Ltd., and the Reserve Bank Economists' Study Group to whom I do not owe something. Where one owes so much to so many, it is perhaps invidious to mention a few, but I feel a particular debt to Messrs. Azim Hussein, A. C. Bose, S. Boothalingam, P. C. Bhattacharya, M. J. Desai, L. K. Jha, K. B. Lall, H. V. R. Iengar, Nagendra Singh, M. V. Rangachari, Tarlok Singh, C. S. Venkatachar, N. M. Wagle, K. M. Panikkar, Mould and Rigby, and to Professors Raj, Sovani and Dandekar. I am further quite specially grateful to the small group on whom every single idea in this book has been tried: Messrs. A. D. Gorwala, H. M. Patel, V. K. Ramaswamy, L. Kumar, J. F. Sinclair, S. D. Deshmukh, P. L. Tandon and B. Venkatappiah, Prof. Gadgil and Mrs. L. Kumar.

I must also express my thanks to Mr. A. J. C. Hoskyns- Abrahall and to Sir V. T. Krishnamachari for having read and commented on the original paper in manuscript; to Mr. H. Saunders and Mr. U. L. Goswami, ICS, for much assistance; to Mr. A. S. Menon for many facts; to Mr. Frank Bower C.B.E., for advice on taxation problems; and to Dr. and Mrs. Toohey, Mr. and Mrs. Kumar Messrs S. D. Deshmukh, H. M. Patel and Wint, and Dr. I. G. Patel for comment on the final manuscript. A word, too, is due to Mrs. Sykes and Mr. Gangadharan for their patient typing.

I should perhaps here explain why most of the examples in the book have been taken from India. The main reason is that my experience has been overwhelmingly Indian. I have lived and worked in India for nearly the whole of the time since 1938 whereas my knowledge of the other countries of free Asia is con-

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