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Shekhar Gupta: Mammaries of the Socialist Raj

The people caught most unprepared by the PM's strike on currency are the bureaucrats. The problem: They've been there, done that

Shekhar Gupta

The headline of this week’s National Interest doesn’t suffer from a mischievous typo. Nor do I claim to be inventing that expression. It isn’t even a cheap, but tempting, pun on the way true Punjabis would often pronounce “memories”. I wouldn’t dare, having started to learn English (from Standard VI, as was the norm then) from that notorious centre of academic excellence called Bhatinda in 1966. I am, in fact, borrowing it from The Mammaries of the Welfare State, the much-acclaimed work of formidable civil servant Upamanyu Chatterjee.   Both ...