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Will Congress become a big force again?


Has the country paid the Congress its favor for getting independence? The question is strange. Congress then was a gathering of people of all kinds of ideologies. This is the relevance of the same idea of ​​the Congress that in electoral democracy, even in its most gloomy days, it is mentioned, concerned. This concern is also the perfume of the world’s largest democracy, which must be smelled. As a student of history, I want to understand this because the thinking of the country is not made in a few moments, months or years. Over centuries, even thousands of years, the consciousness or subconscious mind of the nation takes shape. This is more or less the mood of the consciousness of any party.

The nostalgia and thanksgiving of the independence movement that went on for almost 62 years under the leadership of the Congress, did not survive even a hundred years? Well, after independence, the people’s expectations and expectations from the new India or their government were very high, perhaps even if someone else had taken over the country, the people would have complained so much. There are very few examples in the history of the world that the group leading the freedom movement transformed into a political party after independence and remained the biggest player or one of the main players for a long time. In this context, the continuity and presence of the Congress is very important.

Picture of a Congress function (Photo: BCCL)

Historically it is also worth noting that this is perhaps the second time after independence that the top leadership is in the hands of a woman. That is, Sonia Gandhi after Indira Gandhi. How the causes, nature and consequences of this procedural situation may also differ from male leadership should be a matter of research for political scientists. It may contain interesting messages and conclusions for the future. Congress built this country from zero after independence. There must be some mistakes and mistakes in this process. So what to believe that those mistakes have become bigger than the making of the country in the eyes of the public? And the country is not in a mood to forgive them?

There was a need for the freedom movement – ​​to broaden the mass base of the movement and in this sense the Congress was needed. So strategically it didn’t fuel the differences, preferred the similarities. The diversity of the citizens of the continent was, in fact, their identities and identities. Those identities and identities were subsumed into a single Indian identity against the British. This became the DNA of the Congress, which continued even after independence, became a permanent sentiment. As new parties addressed to privacy continued to form, their electoral democratic role gradually took on different forms.

It is to be reiterated that Gandhiji was against the continuation of the Congress as a political party after independence. The DNA that developed after the founding of the Congress by AO Hume in the scorching winter of 1885 in Bombay was not that of a political party. When it was transformed into a political party after independence, how much that DNA was transferred to it can be a matter of debate or debate. America’s famous political scientist couple Rudolph used to come to Jaipur for a few months every year. He used to roam in his Padmini Premier 118 NE on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg. Once, in a seminar 15 years ago, when asked his opinion about the Congress over tea, he said, ‘Congress is not a political party in its foundation, but Congress has merged in the DNA of Indian democracy. I don’t know for sure whether it will always be relevant as a party or not, but Indian democracy will never be able to deviate from the Congress spirit.

I see the two biggest disintegrations of Congress in the formation of Congress (I) by Subhash Babu leaving after Haripura Congress and Congress (I) by Indira Gandhi. The first of these was not as effective as the second. Even in a monarchy, when a young heir to a defeated empire wants to regain the empire, it is not easy for him. In a democracy, when a party that has been in power for a long time has reached an unexpected minimum level of mandate, regaining power becomes more difficult than climbing a mountain. The leaders, who are only part supporters of the cream of power, are spat out, what is less difficult to organize and mobilize the moral force to stand together.

In 1957 C Rajagopalachari wrote that if a party remains in power for a long time, the opposition of unorganized people, relatively less important groups is suppressed, then the government becomes totalitarian. Let’s go into a little more flashback. General elections were held in the British Raj in 1937 and 1946. More important than its results was the defeat of the Muslim League. The mood of the country was that Muslim representatives won more on Congress tickets. The Muslim League was not considered by a large section of Muslims as their representative party.

When Collins and Lapierre were conducting a lengthy interview of Lord Mountbatten for ‘Freedom at Midnight’, they felt the differences and differences of opinion among Indian leaders, especially Congress leaders, which would make a ‘smooth’ transfer of power to the situation in a newly formed country. I had to deal with them differently. It was the bonsai of the variations of the continent called India. And this was the situation of a person who also felt – ‘I am the most powerful person in the world right now’.

So what can be said that the honeymoon period of that Congress and the country has passed? The answer is impossible in the form of very short answer type questions of the Indian examination system. So leaving this unanswered for the time being let’s add another supplementary question – is Congress a Phoenix? We all Indians have to find the answers to both the questions!

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are those of the author.

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