It is a speech that Dr Gopi Chand Bhargava
, the then finance minister of Punjab
(this was before Haryana was formed), made to the Vidhan Sabha presenting the state's budget for the year 1959-60.
The contrast between a gentleman politician of the old school represented by Bhargava
, who "appreciated" his
auditor and who was conscious of the fact that the "burden of watching the financial interests of the state" was a "shared" one, and the current unseemly attacks on the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General who is seen not as a valued colleague but as an adversary, makes the stark case that our republic today disappoints the vision of our founders.