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The Curious Case of the Congress Party

The extraordinary nature of the crisis faced by the Congress means that the revival of the party is necessarily predicated upon its renewal. This task becomes particularly onerous as it has to be achieved in the face of a challenge posed by the ruthless hegemonic force controlling politics.

The curious case of the Congress party seems to be stuck up indeterminately in the alley of uncertainty, inaction and nothingness. Rarely has any party hogged headlines for not ­doing anything. In traditional whodunnits, murders masquerade as suicides; in the case of the Congress, suicide feigns murder.

Another bizarre aspect of the current Congress story is that, except the party itself, so many others are interested in what happens to it and whether it survives. Just as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Chief Mohan Bhagwat facetiously says that he did not wish extinction of the Congress (PTI 2018), this writer, in response to pleas for the death of the Congress (Yadav 2019), has argued that the death of the Congress is not a good idea (Palshikar 2019a).

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Updated On : 21st Sep, 2020

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