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Face of Dowry in Orissa

what was being done at the grassroots, and he (or occasionally she) would brief them. Reporters who observed these encounters may have doubted the extent of their own understanding of the rural scene, but they knew enough to recognise both that the deputy commissioner's responses were 'cursory' and that most MLAs were too ill-informfed to see how inadequate his comments were. One result was that the drought-relief programme in those days existed mainly on paper.

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