The following booklet titled, “Basic Principles Of Planning” was published in 1978; one year after the Janta Party came to power as the ruling Government of India. In this text, the author, J. H. Doshi reflects back on the new economic policies and analyses their impact on the Indian economy. The author touches upon the changes in the various economic policies that led to certain positive outcomes such as the development of rural areas, small-scale industries, the agriculture industry, increase in employment opportunities and the decentralisation of economic structures. However, the crux of this text deals with exploring why, despite all the positive policy changes, the economic growth rate of the country was still moving at a sluggish pace. The author identifies several causes such as the lack of efficient planning, unnecessary government controls on economic activities, and negligence towards the Law and Order mechanisms, which led to India’s inert economy. Through this text, the author draws attention to the importance of having a streamlined planning process and suggests measures to accelerate India’s economic growth with the help of efficient planning. This illuminating text is derived from the address to the 22nd annual general meeting of the Forum of Free Enterprise in Bombay on 18th September, 1978.