ABSTRACT

How should one assess the role played by foreign assistance in the evolution of India's political institutions since independence? Foreign aid agencies, in an effort to justify their programs, naturally point to all successes within the recipient country as the results of foreign assistance, or at least as a success to which foreign assistance substantially contributed. Hence, when food productivity in India increased during the period of the green revolution aid agencies took some credit for the improvement. So, too, have aid donors taken credit for growth in industrial production, stable prices, an increase in exports, improved income distribution, and so on.