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The Rolling Crisis

Since the last 'viewing', the debate on scandals has moved from the firm of Aminchand Pyarelal to the doings of Dr Dharma Teja and his Jayanti Shipping Company. 

Since the last 'viewing', the debate on scandals has moved from the firm of Aminchand Pyarelal to the doings of Dr Dharma Teja and his Jayanti Shipping Company. And by the time these lines appear in print, we might be in the midst of other 'deals'. It's a rolling crisis, moving here and there, carefully engineered to smear this or that person, unable really to locate the opening for a devastating blow.

Threat to Democracy 
The newspapers seem only too ready to respond to the rolling. Columns of repetitive stuff are reproduced with moronic zeal. No reporter stirs to check facts, to ferret out new evidence in the public interest, to interview those who are being damaged, or to urge to contain the debate to procedure. There is little doubt that over these many years of development the growing administrative jungle has become the screen for extensive corruption. The exposures help, in fact, to locus attention on the need for processing decisions in a manner that reduces this corruption. But if these exposures become the excuse for wrecking the democratic structure—an impression that is strongly reinforced by the character of the debate—then any positive results might well be lost in an equally monstrous counterattack by the ruling party.

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