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

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TAMIL NADU-The Rice the Rats Ate

The Rice the Rats Ate CORRUPTION has become such a commonplace way of getting things done in Tamil Nadu that few eyebrows ever go up at the stray instances that come to light through some inadvertance of the persons involved. When M G Ramachandran broke with the DMK two years ago, ostensibly on the issue of corruption, the public were regaled with lurid stories of graft and nepotism. However, the issue which MCR claimed would have the heads of ministers rolling, ultimately left the ruling party with no more than a bad bruise. Indira Gandhi, for sordid political reasons, chose to clamp the lid on the numerous allegations against the DMK government submitted to her, while the ADMK and CIT who spearheaded the anti-corruption drive were not inclined to force her hand. Life has become, more than ever, a hard struggle for survival for the people of the state and this leaves them little time or inclination to get worked up over their rulers' transgressions. Corruption, like the scarcity and sky-high prices of essential commodities, has come to be accepted with an air of helpless resignation.

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