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He was supported, of course, not only by his tenants, agents and clients but also by the police and revenue departments, which were in his pocket, by the Brahman professors at Kumbakonam, who looked to his patronage, and by some of the leading aristocrats of the district, including the Vandayar family of Pundi. 31 Naturally, once he was elected, and the inevitable court case for malpractice had been decided in his favour, any controversy there might have been about his caste died down. As a committee member, his authority was accepted as the equal of any other.

On retirement from provincial service, for example, R. Ragunatha Rao, a native Tanjorean, was appointed Supervisor 42 SOUTH INDIA: INSTITUTIONS AND CHANGE of the Tanjore district court, while his nephew, R. Ramachandra Rao, was for a time a Deputy Collector in his own district. Men with interests in Tanjore and contacts in Madras city were well placed to use Fort St. George for their own local purposes. In 1907, for example, Sir S. Subramania Iyer, the High Court Judge and celebrated Indian jurist, was said to have persuaded the Collector of Tanjore to change the route of a district board railway to pass through his lands.

Krishnaswami Iyengar respectively, and during the period that he has held office I have solid reasons for stating that Mr.

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