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Money Supply-Chief Culprit

of Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh show) to be able to put their pet schemes into operation. The situation is thus tailor-made for political adventurism. Thus Jarnail Singh Bhin- dranwale was extended official patronage and built up to finish off the Akali Dal in Punjab; a Central government-sponsored campaign was launched against Farooq Abdullah accusing him of indulging in anti-national activities and promoting subversive elements as a means of rallying Hindu opinion all over the country behind the Congress(I); and Rama Rao was peremptorily dismissed in Andhra Pradesh to make the state safe for the Congress(I) in the elections. Now consider another possible scenario: Congress(I) propaganda has been recently relying heavily on invoking a grave external threat to the country's security and in tegrity. The Congress(I) alone, it is being claimed, can effectively deal with this threat. The recent political developments referred to above raise a vital question: Does the political system any longer have good enough safeguards against some powerful group in the ruling party deciding that the propaganda about the external threat will gain in credibility with the people if some concrete manifestation of such threat could be provided? Is it possible any longer to know for certain whether a specific external threat is a genuine one or one contrived to advance the Congress(I)'s political fortunes? The most serious damage that has been caused by the Congress(I) leadership's recent adventurist actions is to have opened up this sort of credibility gap.

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