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Theory of Administration

Theory of Administration Satya Deva B VENKATESWARLU, in his criticism (October 29, 1983) of my paper "Theory of Ail ministration" (November 27, 1982) says, 'T do not believe that there can be a 'theory of ad- ministration'." This indicates a misapprehension of the nature of scientific study. Through the various sciences we focus on aspects, and not parts, of the reality. The role of wealth, power, and control are studied respectively in the sciences of economics, politics anfl administration. We cannot deny the existence of any of them even as we cannot disregard any dimension. At best we can disregard a part; for example wc can refuse to study pockets of ptoverty. But disregarding a dimension is a logical impossibility. Do Venkateswarlu's beliefs have anything to do with the existence of theories of, say, economics, or law, or administration for that matter?

Theory of Administration

whole lot? Bharati's contempt for easteism and untouchability, his enthusiasm for women's upliftment, his unorthodox liferstyle, his patriotism and passion for independence, particularly in the days when the independence movement had not become mass-based, his zeal for building a modern India, his virion of an integrated and united India, his love of language, his contempt for irrational orthodoxy have all to be sized up at one look and an evaluation has to be made on that basis of whether he was progressive or not.

Theory of Administration

cuses of reformist parties. In Britain most such people, having fled the fast- disintegrating Communist Party, are now happily settled in the left wing of the Labour Party, with fairly peculiar consequences for some local authorities. In India they still orbit the CPI and CPI(M) arguing against working class politics in favour of the Popular Front Although he skirts the issue at great length, Dhanagare would seem to come down on the side of the Popular Front, and that is why he found my book so unpalatable.

Theory of Administration

Satya Deva The problems of administration, public and private, require explanation and solution. Marx's theory, as gleaned from his works, deals with the characteristics of administration in capitalist society, of revolutionary change, and of administration in the new society.

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