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From 50 Years Ago: Congress Manifesto

Editorial from Volume XIII, no. 38, September 23, 1961.

There is little doubt that the Congress is stronger today than it was on the eve of the last general elections. This was demonstrated by the unprecedented success of the Con-gress at the midterm elections in Orissa a few months ago, when the Congress, for the first time, obtained a clear majority in that State, But it is not the success in Orissa alone which indicates the strength of the Congress. That the Congress position is today stronger can be seen from the progressive weakening of the position of the other parties. Basically, this strength is derived from the general im-provement, not so much of the economic con-ditions of the people but of the economy, which conveys assurance to the people that the broad lines of development initiated by the Congress can lead the country some day to a better future.... In fact, the Third Plan was its election manifesto; the Congress needs no other, as a new plan always comes out before every gen-eral election; and the document which has just been issued as its manifesto is largely a verbatim reproduction of the introductory chapter of the Third Plan which outlines its aims and objectives. That objective was de-fined as one of the pursuit of the good life for the mass of the Indian people…

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