The long road to breaking free
The promise of Independence was not just the end of colonial oppression, but also of the economic regeneration of India. How far have we walked down that path?
A few days before that momentous midnight hour in August 1947, Vallabhbhai Patel addressed a public meeting. A newspaper report from that day tells us that after explaining why Partition was painful but necessary, and calling on the princely states to join the new Union, Patel told the audience that ‘the main task ahead was the economic regeneration of India’.