ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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That Was the Crop That Was

and the bureaucrat must at the same time be divorced from its influence. The politician and the bureaucrat together represent a class which Plato called the Guardians and, though we may not accept Plato's prescription all the way, it is evident that the guardians cannot guard the interests of the people unless they are themselves protected from the influence of money-power. A legitimate method of doing this is to prevent the politician and the bureaucrat from making illegitimate gains, or even where the gains are legitimate, to impress upon them the need to ensure that they are within limits of propriety. This has been attempted several times in the past, but experience shows that no closed and confidential system can be effective for this purpose. In the past, in numerous cases, the law could not break through the collusion between the three and in a few cases where it could, guilt could not he traced to its source, Therefore, a system must be devised which will be open to public gaze and scrutiny.

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