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Crisis of the Congress

Respect for the party workers’ efforts is the pre-eminent condition to realise inner-party democracy.

Does the Congress Have a Future?

Political parties with a rich and storied history do not perish easily. A political revival of the Congress is diffi cult but not impossible. It needs to go back to the basics and identify a core strategy to reverse the current tide towards the right. It has to rework its strategies and win back its core voters. Basically, it needs support among a cross-section of the voters to counter the formidable Hindu social coalition engineered by the power-obsessed Modi–Amit Shah duo which has underpinned the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh–Bharatiya Janata Party’s quest for a “Congress-mukt Bharat.”

After Rajiv Gandhi

The impression is unmistakable that the political establishment in the country perceives the crisis following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi to be even more serious than that caused by the death, in similar tragic circumstances, of his mother a little less than seven years ago. If reports, widely publicised in the press, are to be believed, President R Venkataraman himself has considered it necessary to broach with prominent leaders representing different shades of the political spectrum the advisability of forming a national government, putting off the general election already under way and even bringing into being a constituent assembly to rewrite the Constitution and refashion the political system. The all-too-evident signs of panic in high political and government circles have to be explained not so much by the stature of the assassinated leader even as perceived in these circless—after all Rajiv Gandhi's entire political career spanned a bare decade and he was prime minister for just one term—but by the vastly enhanced fragility of the country's political institutions, among them very prominently the Congress Party.

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