24 September, 2020

The Congress' Blind Spot

The Congress has been more interested in using Jain's report to attack its political enemies and climb back to power on their discomfited backs than in ensuring the lapses that contributed to Rajiv's death should never occur again.

The Congress' Blind Spot

EIGHT months ago, when the Congress party was on the verge of disintegration, Mrs Sonia Gandhi stepped in to prevent its breakup. In the campaign that ensued she breathed new life into the party by, among other things, taking up the issue of corruption, also apologising to the Sikh community for its sufferings in the '80s. She was not able to prevent a further erosion of the Congress vote in the March elections, but the party that emerged was a good deal more homogenous and purposeful than the demoralised rabble that had been catapulted into the elections by Mr Sitaram Kesri.

The change did not come a moment too soon. The utter rejection of the United Front by the electorate in the 1998 election and its subsequent collapse ensured that despite the fall in its share of the vote, the Congress would emerge as the all-important second magnetic pole of the political system, the secular pluralist alternative to the BJP. In the months that followed, as the Congress consolidated its position by taking responsible stands on national issues, the...



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