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Recreating the Congress Movement

This reflection on the unprecedented electoral defeat of the Congress in the recent general elections argues that the party has lost its connect with the masses. To regain this, it asks for a recreation of the spiritual politics of M K Gandhi to combine it with an organisational rejuvenation of the Congress Party.

The Faulknerian exhortation that “the past isn’t dead; it isn’t even past” is surprisingly relevant to the Congress Party today. At the Sevagram conference in 1948, merely six weeks after M K Gandhi was assassinated, Jawaharlal Nehru conceded that “Congress leaders (have) got so bound up in election arguments and in running their own government that…a wall… (has come) up between the people and ourselves.”1 Sensing the urgency to the very nature of the Congress, Nehru asked, “How should we reform the Congress?”

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