‘Fancy Calculating Machine’: Computers and planning in independent India

@article{Menon2017FancyCM,
  title={‘Fancy Calculating Machine’: Computers and planning in independent India},
  author={Nikhil Menon},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  year={2017},
  volume={52},
  pages={421 - 457}
}
  • Nikhil Menon
  • Published 2 October 2017
  • Political Science
  • Modern Asian Studies
Abstract In the middle of the twentieth century, statistician P. C. Mahalanobis strove to haul India into the computer age. Convinced that these machines were integral to the future of economic planning in India, he and the Indian Statistical Institute mounted a campaign to bring India its first computers. In the years following independence, Mahalanobis and the Indian Statistical Institute acquired significant influence in the Indian planning process—culminating in them effectively authoring… Expand
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