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Calcutta Diary

Calcutta Diary AM THE system has produced the Congress party. The system has also rendered it into what it is today, authoritarian, sycophantic, altogether devoid of ideology, given over to using the political process only as a means for filling private coffers. The sole rationale for the party's existence is to be in power. Suddenly, a genuine uncertainty has now crept in. The incumbent prime minister and absolute leader of the party does not appear to have the ability to ensure the party's win in democratic elections. Probably the party will have a better chance with another leader. But, given the authoritarian party structure, how does one change the leader ahead of further elections? It simply cannot be done. It was only alter Indira Gandhi was dethroned from power that some of her cohorts could finally gather the courage to do her in. As long as the present prime minister remains in his slot, the prospect of getting rid of him is pretty dim, he is likely to continue to be in total control of both party and government. At the same time, the more he remains in power, the greater is the mess he is capable of creating. As a result, the Congress party's popular base cannot but keep shrinking; the chances of the party's returning to power in the general elections two and a half years hence will therefore grow remoter and remoter.

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