Family Ties

How the Gandhis kept a party but lost the country

01 January 2014
The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty has long used personal appeal as a tool to retain its control over the Congress party.
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The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty has long used personal appeal as a tool to retain its control over the Congress party.
S / AP Photo

“What has become of our great organisation? Instead of a party that fired the imagination of the masses throughout the length and breadth of India, we have shrunk, losing touch with the toiling millions.”

“Political parties are not giving adequate voice to the man on the street. It’s our job to do that … I am going to put all my efforts in transforming the organisation of the Congress party and … give you an organisation that you can be proud of and has your voice embedded inside it.”

“I am not afraid to say that the Congress has become moribund. It has scarcely a single leader with a modern mind … Congress has never succeeded in evolving into a modern political party.”

Hartosh Singh Bal  is the political editor at The Caravan, and is the author of Waters Close Over Us: A Journey Along the Narmada.

Keywords: elections Indira Gandhi Jawaharlal Nehru Rajiv Gandhi Rahul Gandhi the Emergency The Indian National Congress political dynasty
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