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These PAC-PUC Days

Two of the most potent political institutions of our parliamentary system of government — and until now among the most neglected — might well become the weapons for damaging grievously the democratic process. The Public Accounts Committee (described locally as 'the pack!) and the Public Undertakings Committee suddenly find themselves at the stormcentre of a major political offensive against the present government of Indira Gandhi. 

Two of the most potent political institutions of our parliamentary system of government — and until now among the most neglected — might well become the weapons for damaging grievously the democratic process. The Public Accounts Committee (described locally as 'the pack!) and the Public Undertakings Committee suddenly find themselves at the stormcentre of a major political offensive against the present government of Indira Gandhi. They appear to have unearthed business scandals which are likely to escalate and to have a deep impact on political development.

 For several days now, the Capital's elite is being kept on edge by reports of major Cabinet reshuffles, of new power alliances, of confrontations between the top faction leaders of the ruling party. I describe these matters in the plural, rather than in the singular, because each report has an equally impressive counter report. If I begin to record them, I would be doing little else. It would suffice to say that all the reports present a certain degree of common ground — that the present state of affairs has to be brought to an end. And it is this wishful thought which really provides the persuasive psychological background for all the speculation.

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