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evoke straightforward answers. But the prime minister might choose to ignore them, as he ignored the query from the press on the nature of his acquaintance with the supposed godman. An altogether different scenario is at least conceivable. The prime minister might admit that he did indeed make that illegitimate, unlawful request to the consul-general, but he did so on the instructions of the then prime minister. One has come across the concept of 'transferred epithet', but 'transferred responsibility' would be a totally different kind of animal. And our prime minister would go down in history as the personality who innovated the doctrine that since he did not feel guilty, he was not guilty.

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