Perhaps no person is better qualified to present an insight into India’s development experience than the author of this book who was most intimately connected with the preparation of the first four five year plans. The scope of the book is broad and comprehensive as it presents a lucid and objective account of the main goals, constraints, successes and failures of planning in India during the period, 1950-1971. The book also attempts to draw lessons for the future planner in India. The evaluation of different plans is mostly in economic terms. However, this economic evaluation is supplemented with a useful account of the social, political and administrative aspects of the development process in India.