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

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Oil Crisis-Sleeping through It

leged to confer "for hours together in his chamber". By establishing direct contact with them, he has interfered with the traditional vole of the rural influen- tiuls as the intermediaries and brokers between the government machinery and the common people. As a result, they have been deprived of both a source til income and a source of control over the rural poor. Recently, Madhava Rao also intervened personally to ensure proper police investigation of the belting to death of a harijan by landlords in Aki- nepalli M all man i in Mulug taluka or Warangal district. But for his intervention the gruesome crime would very likely have been hushed up by lower police officials who had allegedly been heavily bribed and who in any ease are normally completely under the thumb of local landlords.

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