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From 50 Years Ago: Not the End

Vol IV, Nos 45 & 46 NOVEMBER 8, 1969

Not the End

The power struggle in Congress has evidently made nervous wrecks of a lot of people. Congress Chief Ministers propped up by narrow legislative majorities have good reason to be jittery; but many others who are not directly connected with Congress have rushed to the grim conclusion that what we are witnessing is the prelude to the country plunging into total political chaos. These people are, therefore, reduced to abjectly pleading with the rival factions to somehow patch up “in the larger interest of the country”.

Fortunately, it is possible to take a less alarmist view of things. What is more, it is possible to do so without going to the other extreme of taking a romantic view and seeing the fight as being between socialists and progressives on the one side and reactionaries and conservatives on the other. Congress has lost its capacity to provide a working, much less an inspired, leadership to the country; the party organisation has become effete and the gap between its promises and performance as the ruling party has progressively loomed larger. The 1967 general election, to no one’s surprise, witnessed a sharp precipitation of the erosion of popular support for it in most parts of the country.

The argument that the preservation of the Congress in this state is vital to the country’s political well-being is, to say the least, unconvincing. It may be said, of course, that while Congress needs to be revamped, this is hardly the way to go about it.

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