March 20, 2017

Blaming it on RaGa and Congress Leaders in La-la Land

In this article, Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute, writes about the state of the Indian National Congress following the debacle of the recent State Assembly elections.


"Déjá vu it would seem has tenancy rights at 24 Akbar Road. The response in 2017, post the 7/114 score in Uttar Pradesh is the same as it was in 2014 after it lost in Haryana and Maharashtra, or 2015 after it scored a duck in Delhi, or 2016 after it lost in Assam and Kerala. There is a grudging acceptance of “responsibility” and the promise of “introspection”. The A K Antony review of the 2014 decimation deserves a post mortem....


After every poll, a set of leaders, like Kamal Nath, step out of annual hibernation and issue advisories—either that Rahul Gandhi should take over or that Sonia Gandhi should come back. There are others who dole out diagnosis—former MP Priya Dutt thinks the Congress suffers from auto immune disorder. They also issue prescriptions—decentralisation, restructuring and so on—and disappear till the next byte season..."



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