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From 50 Years Ago: CAPITAL VIEW


Vol IV, No 34 August 23, 1969


The Ferment of Today

Romesh Thapar

V V Giri is in as President. G S Dhillon is in as Speaker. Very soon, G S Pathak will be in as Vice-President. The overwhelming majority of the Congress Parliamentary Party and its Legislature parties have turned against the old, discredited dadas sitting in cabalistic control of the Parliamentary Board and Working Committee. The Congress President, who was to have wielded the whip against the ‘rebels’ is reduced to a pathetic, garrulous figure who does not know his own fate. The revolution we have witnessed over the past few weeks has placed the reins of power firmly in the hands of Indira Gandhi.

It has taken Indira Gandhi three years to establish the supremacy of the ministerialists over the machine men. It took her father longer to perform this operation, because his detractors were not as discredited as hers. However, this should not lead to the conclusion that the battle is over. Already one can see the crystallisation of new threats to the dynamic, left-of-centre position which is the anchorage of Indira Gandhi. …

For the first time it can be said that Indira Gandhi is in a position to act decisively to give a revitalised Congress party back the power and prestige it once enjoyed. Whether this happens as a result of defections to such a Congress party or through massive sanctions at early elections to Parliament is dependent on the play of politicians at the Centre, but it should be clear that a going back to the old style — the prisoners of indecision! — would spell catastrophe.


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