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

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The MGR Myth An Appreciation

labour, housing for the poor, doles of plastic buckets and footwear, and so on. It is not so important that the cost-benefit balance of the schemes never seems to have been examined. What is more basic is that MGR did not evince much interest or involvement in other ways of development. Since he did not believe in delegation of responsibility or power, there was little room for his cabinet colleagues to exercise their own initiative. Inordinate delays marked administrative decisions and the rapid growth of corruption at various levels was freely spoken about. All the same, everyone agrees that had he lived, even in a precarious state of health, he would have succeeded in the next poll as well.

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