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Dr. John Matthai (1886-1959): Between ‘Bombay Plan’ and ‘Planning Commission’

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posted on 05.12.2019, 11:50 by Rakesh AnkitRakesh Ankit

Dr John Matthai held key ministerial offices in New Delhi during a time of transition from pre- to post-independent India. He was Finance Minister twice (1946, 1948-50) and, in between, held the portfolios of Industry & Supply and Railway & Transport. Matthai had been an academic in Madras, administrator with the central government and an economist in Bombay with the Tata group. His wide expertise and diverse experience brought him a range of opportunities in those partisan times, including as Chairman of Taxation Enquiry Committee (1953) and State Bank of India (1955). Matthai’s ministerial appointments were unusual, his administrative challenges were unfavourable and his exit from government unexpected. In this article, I argue that his short-lived and scattered ministerial life and the record he left of it provides a unique vantage from which to view the interim times of 1946 to 1950 in India, with their paradigm of ‘continuity and change’.


History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Contemporary South Asia

Volume

28

Issue

1

Pages

43 - 57

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Contemporary South Asia on 6 December 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09584935.2019.1700217.

Acceptance date

29/11/2019

Publication date

2019-12-06

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

0958-4935

eISSN

1469-364X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Rakesh Ankit Deposit date: 4 December 2019