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In 1954, while Inaugurating the Bhakra Nangal dam, one of the ambitious projects included in the First Five Year Plan, Nehru christened it as a “temple of modern India.” Laying the foundation for the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, he would repeat the same gesture and said, “When I lay the foundation stone here of Nagarjuna Sagar, to me it is a sacred ceremony… This is the foundation of the temple of humanity in India, a symbol of new temples that we are building all over India.” Four years later, in an another speech, Nehru would repeat, “The small irrigation projects, the small industries and the small plants for electric power will change the face of the country, far more than a dozen big projects in half a dozen places.”

Thus born ‘Modern Temples’ of Nehru-i.e Public Sector Undertakings(PSUs) which played a pivotal role in socioeconomic transformation for industrializing and modernizing

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