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VINOBAJI ONCE WAS SUMMONED BY PT. JAWAHARLAL NEHRU, THE THEN PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, TO COME TO DELHI AND GUIDE THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA IN SHAPING THE FIRST FIVE YEAR PLAN. NEHRUJI GOT THE IDEA OF FIVE YEAR PLAN FROM FORMER U.S.S.R. IT IS A STORY OF EARLY FIFTIES. A SENIOR MEMBER OF NEHRUJI'S CABINET, SHRI GULJARILAL NANDA WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF PLANNING COMISSION.

VINOBAJI CAME TO DELHI AND HAD SEEN THE PROPOSED PLAN PAPERS. VINOBAJI WAS SURPRISED TO SEE THAT THERE WAS NO PRIORITY FOR THE VILLAGE PLANNING. VINOBAJI POSED A QUESTION TO THE HIGH OFFICIALS OF GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, RESPONSIBLE FOR INDIA'S FIVE YEAR PLANNING, AS TO HOW DO YOU VIEW THIS PROPOSED PLAN PRACTICAL WITHOUT GIVING A TOP PRIORITY TO THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC PROBLEMS OF THE INDIAN VILLAGES AS MORE THAN 75% OF THE POPULATION LIVES IN THE HALF A MILLION VILLAGES OF OUR COUNTRY? VINOBAJI COULD NOT GET ANY SATISFACTORY ANSWER. COINCIDENTLEY, SHRI GULZARILAL NANDA WAS THE CHIEF OF PLANNING COMMISSION OF INDIA AT THAT TIME. VINOBAJI CAME BACK TO HIS ASHRAM GIVING HIS FRANK OPINION TO NEHRUJI.

IN 1981, WHEN SH. NANDA BECAME TOTALLY DISILLUSONED BY THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF THE COUNTRY AND LEFT PARTY POLITICS, HE TURNED TO VINOBAJI. I HAD THE GOOD LUCK TO WORK WITH HIM AT THAT TIME. I WAS ACCOMPANIED NANDAJI TO MEET VINOBAJI IN PAWNAR ASHRAM.

WE SPENT TWO DAYS WITH VINOBAJI. DURING THIS TIME VINOBAJI REMINDED NANDAJI OF THE THE

INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED IN FIFTIES DURING THE FIRST FIVE YEAR PLAN MEETING WHEN PT. NEHRU INVITED HIM FOR GUIDANCE FOR THE FIRST PLAN OF GOVERMENT OF INDIA, IN NEW DELHI. VINOBAJI JOKINGLY SAID, "THANKS GOD THAT I WAS SAVED FROM NANDAJI'S TRAP", ACTUAL WORDS THAT WERE USED BY VINOBAJI WERE IN HINDI LANGUAGE. "NANDAJI KA FUNDA". EVERY ONE PRESENT THERE WERE LAUGHING.

ACTUALLY SPEAKING, NANDAJI REALIZED ABOUT THE FAILING OF THE PARLIAMENTERY SYSTEM OF DEMOCRACY AND STARTED THINKING OF A BETTER SYSTEM OF GOVERNANCE IN ORDER TO FIGHT

CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM AND DIVISION OF PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY ON CAST AND COMMUNAL BASES. NANDAJI SUPPORTED JP MOVEMENT OF 1974-79. BUT HE WAS NOT INTERESTED IN FAVOUR OFJOINING THE POLITICAL PARTIES THAT WERE OPPOSINGS THE THEN POLITICAL PARY THAT WAS RULING THE COUNTRY. NANDAJI WAS OF THE OPINION THAT ALL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE OF THE SAME CHARACTER. ALSO NANDAJI WAS VERY OLD AT THAT TIME AND WAS NOT ABLE TO GIVE A STRONG LEADERSHIP TO THE NATION AT THAT TIME.

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Comment by Nagaraj Poduval on November 16, 2010 at 15:10
Thak U for sharing..
Comment by GOPI KANTA GHOSH on November 16, 2010 at 13:47
Thanks for sharing...I am sharing with my friends

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