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Congress (I)- Caricature and Parody

cracking up, systematically being hack ed to pieces from within by elements which are all authentically parts of the national bourgeoisie. If the 'right' has played a part in this disintegra- tion, it is the 'right' in the "Indian National Congress led by the India Gandhi", indeed personified by Indira Gandhi herself. But precisely when the ruling party is collapsing under the weight of its contradictions, the Soviet expert has not merely reiterat- ed this rather shopworn political line which even the CPI has rejected, but has even presented an 'ideological' rationale, as it were, to help the CPI change its present position. For not merely is the Congress(I) described as "relatively progressive in the historic sense"., but the personal identification of the party with the personality of its president is sought to be justified on the ground that "in the people's mind, even the most progressive course cannot be separated from the indi- vidual and it is always associated with personality''.

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