25 October, 2020

Where Change Is Constant

What's worrying is the unaccountability of such a powerful politician as Sonia. She's not answerable to any constituency; she's never stood for any party post.

Where Change Is Constant
Turn your back on India, even for a short while, and you'll find that a whole new political lexicon has to be learned on your return. I'd just about got to grips with the UF, the CMP and the TMC. Now I've to get my head round the RJP and the RJD. I knew the provenance of the Congress (Tiwari) and the Madhya Pradesh Vikas Congress. Now they've gone, and in their place have emerged such conundrums as the Trinamul Congress, the Loktantrik Congress, the Bihar Jan Congress, and no doubt others of whose existence I'm so far blissfully unaware.

I have to keep reminding myself that such once stalwart Congressmen as B.P. Maurya, Mani Shankar Aiyar,Ranga Kumaramangalam and Aslam Sher Khan have left the fold. On the other hand, Madhavrao Scindia, who fought the last election against the Congress party, is now spoken of as its best bet for prime minister. As for the outgoing prime minister, I.K. Gujral—the leader of a 'stop the BJP' alliance—he's now standing for Parliament with the backing of one of the BJP's principal allies.

What a lot's changed—but to what...



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