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Who s a Third World Writer

ECONOMIC AND POLlTlCAL WEEKLY cither system, there is tremendous emphasis on the role of piety in administration. Under oriental despotism, kings were wont to keep the subjects in line by occasional offer of bounty The principal executive officer of an American Corporation similarly keeps a slush fund into which he occasionally dips to reward this or that employee upon whom he takes a fancy. The anti-poverty programmes are a bit like the slush fund: they are not intended to eradicate poverty, but to ensure that the poor stay in line. And in case they tend to misbehave, have no fear, one can always push up the export of inferior grains and thus push up their prices; that will teach the poor a lesson.

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