Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay’s Principles

Q.  Which of the following can be associated with Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay?

1) Opposition to cooperatives
2) Decentralization of the economy
3) Criticism of the 5 year plan strategy

- Published on 30 Sep 16

a. 1, 2
b. 2, 3
c. 1, 3
d. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above
  • Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay certainly favoured economic freedom and opportunities for entrepreneurship, and criticized the government of the day for stifling avenues of investment.
  • He emphasized decentralization of the economy, so as to empower local communities to make economic and developmental choices.
  • He did not favour big business; he preferred the Gandhian ideal of large production from small units, “manufacture by the masses for the masses”.
  • In agriculture, he favoured land ownership and strongly opposed Soviet-style cooperatives.
  • He was no admirer of the planning process and strongly critiqued all the Five-Year Plans for failing to focus on employment, infrastructure, agricultural production, education and public health.

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