The Coup D’ Etat Prabhat Patnaik

The Indian State that came into being after independence bore the stamp of the anti-colonial struggle. It aimed to promote egalitarian development, later re-christened as the building of a “socialistic pattern of society”, and negate the hegemony of imperialism, old and new. The development of the public sector as a bulwark against metropolitan capital, and for promoting self-reliance which was considered essential for this purpose, the pursuit of a policy of non-alignment, and the implementation of land reforms were the specific avowed policies of the State. Whatever one may think of the actual achievements of this dirigiste State, this perspective…