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Rulers in Mufti

coverage and does indicate the effort to be objective, although it says little that is new.
Paradoxically enough, much obstruction to Sharma, in the expression of his ideas, is caused by words. One great harm which TWcott Parsons did to social science is to start the vogue of writing in a manner which interferes with clarity. In his own terminology, this may be functional: legitimation may be more effective if it is couched in big and difficult words and phrases, even as priests use Sanskrit or Latin instead of the common man's language. However, for those, like us, who often use a foreign language, over which mastery is difficult if not impossible, love of big words poses the dual risk of lack of correctness and clarity. In any case, much more is lost than is gained by a style which expresses more the desire to impress than the writer's ideas. Consider the following passage, chosen at random from Sharma's article (p 226).

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