Douglas Ensminger, Ford Foundation’s India representative between 1951 and 1970, at an event in Gujarat in 1952. Seated are India’s finance minister C.D. Deshmukh and food and agriculture minister K.M. Munshi. The Ford Foundation was the most prominent face of American aid to India | (CC0 1.0)

The Chequered History of American Aid to India

August 10, 2023
Foreign aid, especially from the United States, has always been a testy matter for India. We speak to Gaurav Garg, assistant professor of history at Ashoka University on the history of American assistance, including a fanciful deal with the communists to transform Calcutta into Pittsburgh.
Episode Duration
59 mins

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