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A term used in retrospect for the control that the administrative services which make up the bureaucracy in India had on any business activities before the 1990s specially on foreign trade.
Prior to the 90s if you wanted to do anything which made money you had to go through the members of the civil service who in turn controlled nearly every aspect of Indian society at that time (it is true even now but to a very lesser extent).


Flashback to 1983.

Srinivasan - Sirji! he he he... I am trying to get a maruti 800 but the waiting list is 3 years he he he.. please help me sirji how to work around this... he he he.. i'm sure we can come to an understanding.

Officer - (very busy) haan theek hai, talk to my PS.

Added 2011-12-21 by Mildly Racist




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