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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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Pamphleteering and Politics 1

Pamphleteering and Politics 1

(p.267) 36 Pamphleteering and Politics1

A.G. Noorani

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Under Indira Gandhi's administration, India introduced the doctrine of a 'committed' judiciary and a 'committed' civil service. There was also a concerted effort to enlist 'committed' journalists through various forms of state patronage and favours. The decline in the quality of public life in India is accurately reflected in the demise of political pamphleteering in the country. The most influential and popular leaders in the past, from Dadabhoy Naoroji and Surendranath Banerjee to Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Jayaprakash Narayan, were also enthusiastic pamphleteers. Today, many leaders consider politics as simply a mere pursuit of power, a means of self-aggrandizement, and a source of livelihood.

Keywords:   journalists, public life, India, pamphleteering, politics, Indira Gandhi

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