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Their Finest Hour

November 25, 1972 into holy matrimony with the son of a leading importer-exporter, and this trader has a couple of his own daughters married to the offspring of this cabinet minister or that president of the state congress committed. It is an intricate network, but duly equilibrated by the various forces that are at work. These forces 'define the boundary conditions of nationalisation; they define the content of socialism. If some prices rise, it is because the commission charged by one set of relatives has to go up. If some supplies disappear from the market, it is because the profits of one of the inlaws have to be jacked up by a certain percentage. If the housewife has to pay today one hundred per cent more for sugar or vanaspati or something else over what she was paying some months ago, it is perhaps due to the fact that one hundred crores or thereabouts worth of election funds had to be handed over to a select group of politicians. If, suddenly, a new import item is canalised or a new textile mill is taken over, look into the meaning of meaning: either somebody's brother-in-law is being bailed out, or sombody else's son- in-law is being provided with extra gravy.

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