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Re-inventing the Indian National Congress



Re-inventing the  Indian National Congress

Dr T H Chowdary*


After the dismal  performance and defeat of the  136- year old Congress its President,  Smt Sonia Maino Gandhi (who dislodged the incumbent simple Sitaram Kesari in 1998) has now dismissed the President of the  Congress (in Five States where  the party has been defeated in the  2022  elections to the state legislatures). The Sonia family’s take -over and proprietorisation  of the  Congress has been is as follows:


Sonia Maino Gandhi ( b 8/12/46)   deposed Sitaram Kesari in March 1998 since when she had been the  unelected President of the  Congress .  

Rahul Gandhi ( b 19/6/1970)  became the  General Secretary  of the Congress presided by his mother from Sept 2007 to Jan 2013. He was promoted as Vice President and held that office from Jan 2013 to Dec 2017. He became President in Dec 2017  till Aug 2019.

Priyanka  (Maino Rajiv) Gandhi Wadra (b. 12/1/1972)  was appointed by her brother Rahul Gandhi  as  General Secretary  for Eastern UP in Feb 2019 .  She was  promoted by the Mother  in Sept 2020  as the General Secretary  of the AICC.


From the  above details  can there be any doubt that the Congress party has been proprietorised  by the  Sonia  family?

 Much earlier, after the death of  Sardar Patel in Dec 1950 ,  the Congress party has become  a vassal of Jawaharlal Nehru  and afterwards, Indira Gandhi .


2. What we have to understand from Smt Sonia Maino Gandhi dismissing  Presidents of five  State Congress parties is that every victory of Congress is claimed as due to the Sonia  family and every defeat is because of the local Congress Party leader’s incompetence . All successes are because  of the  great leadership of the family. All failures are due to  the incompetence of the local  Presidents  (who  were also  appointees by the family  not elected by anybody).


3.  That the Congress has been having  a fascist  trait in it has been noticed and proclaimed by no less a person than  Mahayogi Aurobindo Ghosh in the   1930s itself.  This is what he said : “ The Congress…..what is it . But a fascist organization?  Gandhi is the dictator like Stalin….what Gandhi says they accept and even the Working Committee follows him; then  it goes to the  All India  Congress Committee  which adopts it , and then  the Congress. There is no scope for any difference of  opinion”. (Source: India’s Rebirth, page: 213).


4. Dr B R Ambedkar who is now acclaimed as the icon of  wisdom and statesmanship had this  to write  on the  day of assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on 30 Jan 1948:

Dr B.R. Ambedkar wrote to Sharada alias Laxmi Kabir who later became his wife, following Gandhiji’s assassination. In that letter, dated 8 February 1948, Dr B R Ambedkar said that Gandhiji should have not met his death at the  hand of a Maharashtrian.  Then he went  on:


"Mr. Gandhi had become a positive danger to his country.  He had choked all the thoughts.  He was holding together the Congress which is a combination of all the bad and self-seeking elements in society who agreed on no social or moral principle governing the life of society except the one of praising and  flattering Mr Gandhi.  Such a body is unfit to govern the country".



And the Bible says that something good comes  out of evil, so also I think that good will come out of the  death of Mr. Gandhi.  He will release  people from bondage to superman, It will make them think for themselves and it will compel them to stand on their own merits.


And to that, he added: “My real enemy has gone, thank goodness, the eclipse is over”

Source: A Reporter At Large ( page 238/239) by M V Kamat


The Congress has submitted itself to bondage of Nehru- Indira-Rajiv-Sonia & her children in success.

5. The deterioration and  degeneration of Congress has been noted  by a  scion  of the Nehru family namely Rajiv Gandhi. On the occasion of the centenary of the Congress in Dec 1985,  he said , “on the backs of the Congress workers ride the brokers of  power and influence  who dispense patronage to convert a mass movement into a feudal oligarchy … They are  reducing the Congress organization to a shell from which the spirit of service and  sacrifice has been emptied…”

Little did he foresee or imagine that his wife Sonia would aspire and claim Prime Ministership of India,  as he did after his Mother’s death and that Rahul, his  son would want to  and become an MP  and that Priyanka, the daughter  would not  give up  father’s legacy . The noted civil servant and gifted writer Sri S S Gill  observed , “ it is a pity the system prevailed in the end. Rajiv could not   reform the Congress party”.



6. The G-23 group  of senior Congress -men like  Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad , Shashi Tharoor, Anand Sharma …..have been,  without any success  calling for  reforms  and  inner party democracy, all with a view  to free Congress from the  proprietorship of a family and transform it into a really democratic party where  important office holders will be elected  as  during the  freedom movement and  a few years later,  until the party was  reduced to a family concern during Indira Gandhi’s hegemony.


7. It appears that  this Sonia family won’t give up its  feudal  and fascist  ownership of Congress.  If it is to be revived, rejuvenated and become  a truly nationalist  party   the family’s grip must be  removed. There should be a convention of Congress -men from all the States called by the  G-23 group. Invitations may go even  to its  splinters, namely, NCP of Sharad Pawar, TMC of  Mamata Banerjee , YSRC of Jagan Mohan Reddy ,  and Capt. Amarinder Singh Singh of Punjab. They must indulge in extensive re-examination of what they have been  touting as secularism, socialism and social  justice and garibi hatao, Muslim First  program etc.  India needs a truly nationalist, truly secular  (as distinct from appeasement of minorities), the cover name for Muslims, and now-a- days Christians. It maybe noted that  voices among Christians are being raised that if Muslims  could be given Pakistan, why should  not Christians be given an Isaisthan.   As the Congress became weaker and weaker and lost  its national character, regional   parties ,  dynastic in the image of Nehru-Rajiv-Indira – Sonia, are   raising voices  for “federalism”, a  word which does not find  even one mention in the  395 article and 12 schedules of the  Constitution.


8. If their intentions of the proprietors of regional parties are  successful, then India  will revert to  the post - Aurangzeb  state of Sultanates, Princes, Nawabs and kings  who  one by one had been subverted and  conquered  and India  lost its freedom.


9. It would be appropriate to end this narration with what Dr . B.R.Ambedkar, Chairman of the  Constitution Drafting Committee and Dr Rajendra Prasad, the President  of the  Constituent Assembly and the first Rashtrapati of Bharat said in their speeches at the  concluding session of  the   Consembly in Nov 1949. 


10.  While speaking in the Constituent Assembly at the  time of the final adoption (Nov 1949) of  the Constitution  of India, the  great  statesman, Dr. B.R.Ambedkar made the following   observations:  Here I could have ended. But my mind is so full of the future of our country that I feel I ought to take this occasion to give expression to some of my reflections thereon. On  26th  January 1950, India will be an Independent country.  (Cheers) What would happen to her Independence? Will she maintain her Independence or  will she lose it again? This is the first thought that comes to my mind.  It is not that India was never an Independent country. The point is  that she once lost the Independence she had. Will she lose it a second time? It is this thought which makes me most anxious for the future.  What perturbs me greatly is the fact that not only India has once before lost her Independence, but she lost it by the infidelity and treachery of some of her own people. In the invasion of Sind by Mahommed-Bin-Kasim, the military commanders of King Dahar accepted bribes from the agents of Mohammed-Bin-Kasim and refused to fight on the side of their King. It was Jaichand who invited Mahommed Ghori to invade India and fight against Prithvi Raj and promised him the help of himself and the Solanki Kings. When Shivaji was fighting for the liberation of Hindus, the other Maratha noblemen and the Rajput Kings were fighting the battle on the side of Mogul Emperors. When the British were trying to destroy the Sikh Rulers, Gulab Singh, their principal commander, sat silent and did not help to save the Sikh Kingdom. In 1857, when a large part of India had declared a war of Independence against the British, the Sikhs stood and watched the event as silent spectators.

Will history repeat itself? It is this thought which fills me with anxiety. This anxiety is deepened by the realization of the fact that in addition to our old enemies in the form of castes and creeds we are going to have many political parties with diverse and opposing political creeds. Will Indians place creed above country? I do not know. But this much is certain that if the parties place creed above country, our Independence will be put in jeopardy a second time and probably be lost forever…….”

(Source: The Makers of Indian Constitution – Myth and Reality by Sri Seshrao Chavan )


“Dr Rajendra Prasad  said :

Whatever the Constitution may or may not provide, the welfare of the country will depend upon the way in which the country is administered.  That will depend upon the men who administer it.  It is a trite saying that  a country can have only the Government it deserves.  Our Constitution has provisions in it,  which appear to some to be objectionable from one point or another.  We must admit that the  defects are  inherent in the  situation in the  country and the people at large.  If the people who are elected are capable and  men of  character and integrity, they would be able to make the best even of a defective Constitution.  If they are  lacking in these, the Constitution cannot help the  country.  After all, a Constitution like a machine is a lifeless thing.  It acquires life  because of the  men who control it and operate it, and India needs today nothing more than a set of honest men who will have the interest of the  country before them.  There is a fissiparous tendency arising out of  various elements in our life.  We have  communal differences, caste differences, language differences, provincial differences and so forth.  It requires men of strong character, men of vision, men who will not sacrifice the interests of the  country at large for the  sake of smaller groups and  areas and who will rise over the  prejudices which are born of these differences.  We  can  only hope that the country will throw up such men in abundance.   In India today I feel that  the work that confronts us is even more difficult than the  work, which we had when we were engaged in the  struggle.  We did not have then any conflicting claims  to reconcile, no loaves and fishes to distribute no powers to share.  We have all these now, and the  temptations are really great.  We would pray to God that we should have the wisdom and the  strength to rise above them, and to serve the country, which we have succeeded in liberating”.


11. The proprietors  of the regional parties are likes , of those  whom Dr Ambedkar described as facilitators of India’s subjugation to alien invader - ruler -settlers.  Various fraudsters, criminals, profiteering traders, tax-evaders  and banks -defrauding business- men, even ex-bandits, smugglers, infiltrating foreigners are becoming legislators (MLAs, MPs…) the types whom Dr Rajendra Prasad descried as “lacking in capability, character and integrity”.


12. Congress men of character, nationalism and love and devotion to the nation’s good, must deproprietorise the party; free it from the grip of rootless persons who append the  name of  Gandhi (presumably, Feroz Ghandi but misleadingly Mahatma Gandhi) whose  Jayanthi they don’t observe.  As long as the  family proprietorises the Congress, so will regional leaders  do to their parties.  Democracy changeth yielding place to neo-feudalism.  The G-23 Congress men must resolutely re-invent and re-invigorate the Congress.  (2,070 words)