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(n) rule by the wealthy. Also known as plutocracy. Origin: Gk ploutos, wealth + archein, to rule India is fast becoming a plutocracy. Elections are increasingly being won with money power. Voters are lured with wads of money, television sets or free supplies of liquor. Journalists are paid to write favourable news. An honest candidate without money to campaign stands no chance in such a system. The system is making sure that only the rich get into the legislative bodies, and once there, they become richer and even more difficult to defeat.

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