The Planning Commission has sounded the call to arms. It is a call for battle against Want, Poverty and Suffering. It is a call to shake off the inertia of ages and to build for a happy and prosperous future.
The message of the Planning Commission is clear and unequivocal. It suggests the formation of a ‘Bharat Sevak Samaj’ in which there is neither high nor low, but which provides opportunities to one and all to serve his motherland.
We have talked often and long about planning. We have piled up paper plans that promise wonders. We have measured our resources, mobilised talent and allotted money for various undertakings. We have failed so far in mobilising public enthusiasm.
This is the most disheartening failure that is responsible for the slow rate of progress in every field of endeavour.
Faith, it has been said, can move mountains…. Today we lack that community of interests which alone can move us to achieve the impossible.
The call to break up ‘the mountain of inertia’ has been sounded. It is a brave call, a great call, that should not be denied.
The Planning Commission has set the nation a noble task….. This is rightly a call to arms for a non-violent battle that promises us the sweet fruits of our toil. This is a call to which every able-bodied man, woman should respond. India beckons her sons to rise to great and still greater heights.
There is no field of activity which does not benefit by the enthusiasm of the masses…..
(EDIT , June 24, 1952.)