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

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THE ECONOMY- Inter-State Variations in Growth

September 16, 1978 bent of mind" Who prepared the note suggesting the changes in the Haryana Detenus (Conditions of Detention) Order, 1971, with a view to explicitly barring Pitambar Lal Goyal from appearing in a competitive examination while being a detenu? Not I, says S D Bhambri, Chief Secretary to the Haryana Government, concurrently holding charge of the Jail Department; according to Bhambri, the note was recorded at the express direction of the Chief Minister, Banarasi Das Gupta. Not, I, says Banarasi Das Gupta, who even while claiming that throughout his tenure as Chief Minister of Haryana he went in fear of being himself detained under MISA, also claimed that he later tried to undo the wrong done to Goyal by helping him to join the Haryana Civil Service (Judicial). the credit for this is now also claimed by S D Bhambri: "Shri Bhambri has also mentioned that he had no axe to grind against Shri Pitambar Lal Goyal, and later on tried to redress flie wrong which had been done to him by appointing him to the Haryana Civil Service (Judicial) on the basis of his earlier selection.". Indeed, according to Bhambri, he continued to acquiesce and enthusiastically implement policies even while knowing that they were all illegal because any open opposition on his part "would have been counter-productive and further diluted his effectiveness as a counsellor for the future". Thus, even while hunting for alibis and engaging in the game of passing the buck, politicians and bureaucrats of Haryana were also deeply committed to the Future when they would be able o resume their various little acts of Kindness.

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