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From 50 Years Ago: Nehru and the Nibblers

Capital View by Romesh Thapar from Volume XV, No 22, june 1, 1963.

Another defeat for the Congress – this time from Rajkot; even the strongholds are being penetrated now, or subverted from within. And, day after day, the splashed headlines and the warnings penned by men who have persuaded themselves for some odd reason that India is in the throes of a vast transformation. If only this were true…but the truth is that the sprawling, amorphous organisation forged in the freedom struggle, which humbled an imperial power, is being nibbled at by all and sundry because there is no one to defend it from dissipating internal and external pressures, to clean its tarnished image …The Congress chieftains continue to shrug their shoulders, for all around them they see puny men interested only in the crumbs of power.

Not Malaviya Alone

Perhaps, this is the reason why the Congress chieftains are permitted the luxury of fighting among themselves and the wasteful activity of setting up rival empires and spheres of influence…

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