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Of Princes and Prodigals

The royal family syndrome that characterises the Congress Party makes it incapable of dealing with the problems and challenges of contemporary India.

The royal family syndrome that characterises the Congress Party makes it incapable of dealing with the problems and challenges I t is never easy to understand the Congress as a political party or its politics. In many ways it is like court politics. It has been controlled by a royal family ever since Mahatma Gandhi nominated Nehru as prime minister to be, i e, the supreme leader of the Congress. The man was western-educated; spoke English as natural as an Indian could possibly speak. He was well-versed in liberal rhetoric. The secular liberal intelligentsia felt at home with him. The Mahatma probably thought that nobody could project India as well in the western world as Nehru could. If so, he was indeed more than right.

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