Surrender and tragedy
A Bad Day for India’s Congress Party
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  • Kevin

    Rahul or his handlers made the right decision; getting crushed in the upcoming election would not help his long term ambitions. It also looks like Congress is exhausted, they need time in the wilderness to regroup, come up with better ideas and better leaders and get away from the stench of corruption and incompetence (or bad luck).

    If Modi wins his ties with industry will bring plenty of corruption cause célèbres to run against next time, plus Congress can take up Kajrival’s anti- corruption campaign and also position itself as the protectors of India’s minorities – Muslims, untouchables, etc. – after BJP governance inflames them.

  • Akshay Kanoria

    Dr. Mead, again your lack of understanding of Indian politics shines through. Sunanda Tharoor’s death is making news, but has basically no effect on the Congress party’s image. Personal issues rarely influence a politician’s standing (re: the Abhishek Manu Singhvi case). Also, we don’t know for sure if it was suicide or not. If it was suicide, it will hurt Mr. Tharoor, but will have next to no impact on the Congress’ poll prospects. He isn’t even a senior minister.
    Secondly, the fact that Mr. Gandhi isn’t accepting the PM nomination isn’t the big news, the big news is actually the very feisty speech he just delivered. This was his first really good speech and has rallied the Congress worker around him. Together with the terrible news week the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has had, this marks an upturn for the Congress. If Mr. Modi does rip into his speech and expose Mr. Gandhi’s clay feet, that is another matter. But with this speech, Mr. Gandhi has muscled himself back and rallied his base. Of course, nobody thinks Congress will win, but perhaps he can stave off disaster.

    • Kevin

      Even if everything you say is true, the way it’s phrased is a bit mean spirited.

      • Akshay Kanoria

        Only because previous blog posts on India have also been incorrect, or betray a lack of understanding of Indian politics.

  • Andrew Allison

    “Then tragedy struck: the wife of Shashi Tharoor, the Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development, who is well-liked inside and outside India, was found dead in a Delhi hotel room” I assume that you meant, Then tragedy struck: the wife of Shashi Tharoor the well-liked, both inside and
    outside India, Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development was found dead in a Delhi hotel room.
    Did you also mean: Taken together, these events amount to a pretty horrible day for the once-great party of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru? The Congress party has degenerated into a disgraceful combination of ineptitude, incompetence and corruption.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    They have been in power far too long, and need to spend time in the wilderness. It is bad for a party to control government for very long, power corrupts and it takes time for the stealthy structures of patronage to be built. So swift repeated changes from one party to another, make for better more efficient and less corrupt government.

  • ljgude

    Former Chai Wallah? Heck, we’ll take him, given the level of political talent here in the USA.

  • TommyTwo

    “First Rahul Gandhi, the popular scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, which
    has ruled India off and on for decades, was ruled to be out of the
    running for the premiership in the country’s upcoming national election.”

    “Ruled to be out of the running”? May I suggest that this is a highly misleading phrasing for your lead paragraph?

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