The sentence has one blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the word that best fits the meaning of the sentence/passage as a whole.
The Emergency cast its shadow on AIR; making it a prime vehicle of dissemination of a culture of ___________ & sycophancy.
The tone of the sentence is negative and this we come to know from the word 'sycophancy'.The word 'sycophancy' means self-seeking or servile flattery. Therefore a word which conveys a negative meaning will fit in the blank.' Chicanery' means deception by trickery.