In 1955, All India Radio introduced a programme of lectures in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Apart from the great role he played in India’s freedom movement, Sardar Patel was free India’s first Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
An annual feature,
the Patel Memorial Lectures are designed to contribute to the
existing knowledge on a given subject and to promote awareness of
contemporary problems. They have now become almost a national
institution and are looked upon as among the highly values
intellectual contributions to Indian life and thought.
Each year, an
eminent person, who has specialized in a particular branch of
knowledge, is invited to present through All India Radio, the
results of his study and experience for the larger benefit of the
The two lectures
in the present series were delivered by Dr. J.D. Sethi. He was a
Reader in Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, before taking
over as Director of Studies in the Indian Council of World Affairs.
He was a member of the Indian Delegation to the United Nations
General Assembly and also a member of the Working Group on autonomy
for All India Radio and Doordarshan set-up by the Union Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting. Dr. Sethi has published a large
number of articles and research papers on diverse subjects ranging
from economic development, foreign policy and political systems to
Gandhian Thought, and area of special interest and study for him.
In his two
lectures, Dr. Sethi has understood the fact that Gandhiji’s dynamic
concept and values would find universal acceptance with the world
increasingly caught in a crisis of values.