Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The general prevalence of the system was admitted by a number of employers and managers, but few had made serious endeavours to check it. Some appeared to be disposed to excuse themselves by the belief that the system was in some way natural to the country. True, the distinction between a gratuity and a bribe is not always clear, but not even those who thought the latter term too hard in this connection attempted to defend the system; it is actual extortion in many cases, and it is impossible to regard it as other than a vicious practice. We are disposed to ascribe the evil to the grant to uneducated and uncontrolled persons of power to make appointments and dismissals. It labour becomes more plentiful, it is certain that the evil will attain even larger dimensions than at present unless special efforts are made to check it.