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Old May 29th, 2011, 10:49 AM
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Exclamation Indira Gandhi destroyed Congress in Uttar Pradesh

Indira Gandhi destroyed Congress in Uttar Pradesh, says book edited by Pranab Mukherjee



Now there will surely be some fireworks, some retractions, some 'taken out of context' over this!

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Published: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 19:14 IST | Updated: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 19:16 IST Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

A new book on the Congress party has blamed former prime minister Indira Gandhi for the damage to the party’s electoral base in the Hindi heartland, particularly Uttar Pradesh, where Rahul Gandhi is now trying to rebuild the party ahead of next year’s assembly polls.

"She (Gandhi) attempted to reach down to the bottom level and restructure the party from the top into an 'oligarchy' controlled with the help of her close aides,” the fifth volume of the series A Centenary History of the Indian National Congress said. “This led to the breakdown of the 'machine' character of Congress, which had been the strength of the party in some states....By the mid-1980s, considerable damage had occurred to the organisation and electoral base of the party from which it has not yet fully recovered. Her attempt to control the party led to absence of internal democracy leading to collapse of branches of the party in key states such as UP.”

The volume, brought out by a group of editors headed by senior party leader Pranab Mukherjee, to commemorate 125 years of the organisation, narrates and analyses a wide variety of issues which affected the Congress party and in turn impinged on the national issues.

In the preface to the book, Mukherjee noted that the Congress desired the volume to be edited and contributed by experts in order to generate an "objective and scholarly perspective for the period under review and "not necessarily have a party perspective".

The views expressed by the authors in the volume, therefore do not reflect the views of the Congress party. It is not an official history of the Congress between 1964 and 1984, according to Mukherjee.

The book that delves deep into some of unpleasant chapters in the Congress history, including Emergency, covers the period from 1964 to 1984 in this volume of which a fairly large portion is focussed on the late Indira Gandhi.

"Paradoxically just when the conditions in the country and the party were ripe for achieving Gandhi's vision of change, she got pushed into personality-oriented politics that resulted in centralisation and personalisation of power in her hands," it says in an article written by Sudha Pai tracing the political and social trends in six elections that took place during the period.

It says that Gandhi adopted "personality based politics" rather than a "consensual style of leadership".

"She dismantled the party, removed the intermediate leadership and the process of the consultative decision-making and re-built it without a democratic structure with office-bearers personally responsible to her.

"Gandhi had inherited a fairly well-organised party machine with several capable leaders in the states across the country. But her by-passing of the party machinery inaugurated the decline of single party dominance, and a process of long term decay of the party organisation, particularly in North India," it said.

Noting that while the impact of these developments was not immediately felt, the book says "they contributed to the virtual collapse of the party in the 1990s... these developments cumulatively impacted on the social and regional base of the party and its electoral fortunes."

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I think Indira Gandhi onwards the Congress(I) party started to become openly the fiefdom of the Nehru family. Indira was autocratic and decisive person, by that time in any case the stalwarts of Congress who were there since 1947 were all going or gone and the rest were intellectually and morally cowards. This fascination of Congress with the progeny of Indira has led to many regional satraps coming up. In Andhra, when Indira was not respectful to an aged CM, Telugu Desam party was formed by NTR as a way of regaining Telugu pride. NCP was formed when Pawar sahib could not get the top job. Mamata Didi was once a fiery state-level Congress leader in West bengal before starting her own party. The latest being Jagan Reddy in Andhra who wanted to be CM after YSR's death, but what was sauce for the Nehru family is not for other folks.
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Re: Indira Gandhi destroyed Congress in Uttar Pradesh

She became a PM, because many thought she could easily be manipulated unlike Desai. She had to fight a lot of people back till 71. probably that led to her Autocratic style and politics involving playingone group against other.
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