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the heady, said an officer from Oshiwara police station, she would be having her own special moment with the Badshah of Bollywood, While Kareena and Saif refused to comment, Is Congress fading into oblivion?“Narendra Modi’s dream of making India ‘Congress-Mukt’ is far-fetched But if the Congress has to revive survive and get back to its glorious past it ought to be a party of movement rather than ruling” asserted Aditya Mukherjee author historian and professor of Contemporary Indian History Centre for Historical Studies Known as an authority on Congress history he speaks at length on various issues related to the party’s present and future in this interview with DebobratGhose of Firstpost Excerpts: Q:On one hand the Congress party is losing one state after another on the other the regional satraps are raising red flag against the Congress high command and leaving the party either to join other parties or float a new one and target the space that was occupied by Congress Does this mean an end of the grand old party of India A: It’s true that Congress party has got defeated in many states But Congress due to its ideological Centre-Left position can’t end just like that Narendra Modi’s call for a Congress-Mukt Bharat is a far-fetched dream Indian state is not a Hindu state Its civil society and government apparatus are not governed by Hindutva So it’s not round the corner In the recent past those who have left Congress are more like ‘rats abandoning a sinking ship’ Some of them who left were bought by the BJP However the situation is alarming and Congress needs to genuinely introspect and re-invent itself truly fast Q:If it is so when do you think in Independent India’s history was the right time for the Congress to have re-invented itself instead of waiting until now for the calamity to fall Shouldn’t it have adapted itself to the needs of a changing new Independent young India A:A lot of discourse has taken place on this subject in the public domain and the media and it has been a reaction to BJP’s propaganda It’ll be absurd to say that Congress didn’t revive after Independence Nehruvian effort to modernize and industrialize a newly-Independent India within the parameters of democracy in true sense was the first experiment of its kind in the world No country including the US and the then USSR had done that In 1991 Congress re-invented and took India on the path of economic liberalisation and globalisation Later Sonia Gandhi as party president again re-invented the party and the Congress entered the era of coalition politics But now it has to again re-invent and revive A paradigm change is needed in its policy and role Aditya Mukherjee author historian and professor of Contemporary Indian History Centre for Historical Studies Q:Do you think the seeds of the party’s gradual decline were sown when it changed from a broad-based party to a family party A:No not the way it has been made to believe Since 1991 no family member of Nehru-Gandhi family ruled this country First it was PV Narasimha Rao as prime minister for five years (1991-96) and then Dr Manmohan Singh for 10years (2004-14) Neither Jawaharlal Nehru became the PM due to family nor was Indira Gandhi chosen by her father for the post It was only Rajiv Gandhi who was chosen by the Congress to be the PM only after his mother’s assassination It was only during Indira Gandhi that the party as an organisation got destroyed She centralised the power in her hands which was again to safeguard herself as many party leaders wanted to throw her out But this shift has caused a long-term damage to the party There are other factors that led to party’s decline Congress failed to project its success MNREGA Right to food Right to work RTI etc—all these were pro-people programmes MNREGA was a success only due to rapid economic growth initiated by the Congress Another problem with the Congress is that one wing of the party doesn’t praise the other wing All these have weakened the party Q:Many splinters tore off from the Congress fold even in the past Had they stayed on such as members of the Indian National Congress (Urs) Nationalistic Congress Party (NCP) or Trinamool Congress (TMC) would the fate of the party have been different A:It’s not with Congress alone It happened with other parties as well In fact during national movement socialist and communist leaders like Jayaprakash Narayan Harkishan Singh Surjeet EMS Namboodiripad etc were originally in Congress Their leaving the Congress weakened the party Like when Mamata Banerjee left and formed TMC it had an adverse impact on Congress But as I said at present those who are leaving Congress are more like ‘rats abandoning a sinking ship’ Q:It’s been more than a decade since Rahul Gandhi has been stated to be the next Congress president eventually by default meaning that he would be the next PM too in case Congress ever comes back to power at the Centre Do you think this factor along with his personality – who’s seen more as a product of dynastic politics and less a go-getter have miffed many regional heavy-weight leaders and contributed to Congress’ decline A:Change in waiting can’t be for 10 long years If Rahul Gandhi has to be the party president it should happen at the earliest but the Congress is unable to decide on it As far as change in leadership is concerned there has always been the issue between the old Turks (or guards) and the younger ones Some senior leaders may be upset As far Rahul’s image is concerned (that of Pappu) it’s completely a creation of rumour mills RSS and a section of media This same set of people through propaganda turned Manmohan Singh the once blue-eyed boy of corporate India who was also hailed as a global leader into a villain and dumped him Congress shouldn’t allow this to happen But Rahul also has to assert himself When the Congress took big steps or decisions in the form of movement no follow up happened It’s because the party’s organisation is in a very bad shape Q:What do you think should be done for the Congress to salvage itself from the cliff of ultimate decline A:Thinking that the cause of Congress’ decline is Rahul Gandhi alone is foolish The problem is elsewhere The Congress party needs to be a party of movement rather than ruling For revival it should focus on movement mode Congress is not fighting ideological battle today It needs to do something big for the country which is in a bad shape today Earlier people joined the party for movement and to sacrifice for a cause That’s no longer the case Besides the party should stop playing soft Hindutva politics (as it’ll benefit the BJP) caste and communal politics (which will benefit the SP and BSP) Whether it’s Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi —they need to take up issues firmly and boldly by leading from the front Like Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal does At present they are not doing so except on certain occasions The Congress should get as many allies possible on board to create a national alliance Q:Mahatma Gandhi wanted to dissolve the Congress party Given the present situation do you think it should have been done A: Mahatma Gandhi said it immediately after India got Independence He said “A party of movement can’t be a party of government” The party that was formed for movement if gets transformed for forming and running government who would do the movement Who’ll fight for the causes like poverty Dalit issues social justice etc This part of Gandhi needs to be discussed The Congress has to be a party of cause; it should fight for a cause or idea dear to people Like the RSS-BJP cadre fighting for a cause single-mindedly — Hindutva agenda It may be a wrong cause but they are at it doggedly unlike Congress Nobody is pushing nationalistic agenda in true sense Q:Finally do you think if Congress gets Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on board it is going to benefit the party A:Personally I feel Priyanka has a brilliant political instinct and her entry may help the party But it won’t solve the problem and can’t take the party out of crisis The 100-year long struggle of national leaders is at stake There are bigger things at stake than doing experiments No quick-fix solution will be of help Congress party needs to focus differently to its problems and growing crisis within the organisation and address it By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 6 2017 1:49 pm MS Dhoni and Sakshi tied knot in 2010 (Source: PTI) Related News MS Dhoni and Sakshi completed seven years of their marriage on Tuesday The two tied knot on July 4 2010 Dhoni has been one of the most successful captains in the world and Jharkhand boy stamped the authority as a leader back in 2007 when he won the inaugural World T20 This World T20 triumph proved to be a resurgence in Indian cricket after their dismal show in the 50-over World Cup a few months back Dhoni had a pretty successful captaincy career before his marriage but post his wedding he tasted phenomenal success on the cricketing ground The first major achievement came on April 2 2011 when Dhoni-led Indian side lifted the World Cup after 28 years while in 2013 they won the ICC Champions Trophy making MS the only captain to win all three ICC trophies Sakshi did prove to be the lady luck for former skipper Under his captaincy India even made a place in 2015 World Cup semi-final but unfortunately lost to hosts Australia and bowed out of the game Though the Men in Blue weren’t able to defend the title their performance in the tournament was something to watch out for Dhoni stepped down from the post of captain’s post earlier this year Dhoni’s wife Sakshi has been regularly spotted accompanying him during his matches She is even seen supporting Dhoni’s franchise side during the Indian Premier League The couple is presently in West Indies as the wicket-keeper batsman is with Indian team for the bilateral series India are leading the five-match series 2-1 with one match to go For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shivani Naik | Glasgow | Updated: August 28 2017 9:44 am The seventh-seeded Japanese played out of her skin to beat Sindhu 21-19 20-22 22-20 In the semifinal she had beaten Saina Nehwal (Source: AP) Top News PV Sindhu knew Nozomi Okuhara was going to make her run She was prepared if that could’ve fetched her the World Championship gold No one will fault her for falling short – for India’s most successful shuttler an exemplary competitor ran harder than ever picked some absurdly difficult returns at the net and made it difficult for Nozomi Okuhara to become the World Champion But at the end of the 19-21 22-20 20-22 scoreline that went against her Sindhu ended with a silver and there was nothing to be said beyond Okuhara was playing her third straight 3-setter – she ended the week scalping Carolina Marin Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu all dragging her to a decider Given she had answers for each of them the World Champion can safely say she is playing the most complete badminton of her life On this day despite Sindhu’s most valiant attempt to have the last laugh the Japanese was dictating the direction of play till the end from the start In contrast to her strategy against Saina – pulling her into a lunge at the forecourt Okuhara laid the classical trap – pushing Sindhu diagonally back and front Okuhara remains a mystery without a defined weapon What she does possess is a varied range of strokes that help her tire out an opponent by make them run ragged at every point of the match READ:Finally I realised Nozomi Okuhara is never gonna leave says PVSindhu She’s an endurance machine but for all the business of body contortion Okuhara has the ability to remain impossibly still on the court and compose herself for the big points At the start of the match she faced a black curtain wall and psyched herself up On the court she bowed with respect at the start of every game “It’s like respect for the court and for the other player In Japan we believe badminton and the game’s not just about myself” she would explain When the match neared the end such had been the ebb and flow of perspiration and emotion that the Japanese would tell herself she should just enjoy because anyone could’ve won “Fortunately I could enjoy and play my strokes” she’d add Slow start Okuhara had started the match at a slow pace – Sindhu content to scrape off a few points as the scores went 7-5 It was around this time that like a button switched on the Japanese suddenly increased the pace of the rally and started unleashing her whippy drops and moving Sindhu about There were clear surges in the attack from 13-8 when Okuhara could vary the pace mid-rally but always end with a quick kill – at times smashes to Sindhu’s ribs Sindhu’s first lapse came in her being conned by Okuhara’s flat length Coach Mulyo Handoyo tried telling the Indian to hit higher and use her height but Okuhara ensured the taller girl (179 cms as against the Japanese girl’s 155) simply didn’t get the leeway to free her arms Sindhu’s first outright smash winner came in the third game Dragged into playing flatter Sindhu erred on the net and in her serve even as Okuhara’s backhand cross-courts at the net – a retrieving tool assumed the power of winners Sindhu continued to float her drops and tosses – without a punch on the stroke even while her opponent stayed sharp and cutting on her strokes At 19-20 in the opener came the first of the many long rallies Desperate retrievals from both ended with Sindhu hitting a lift out on the side Okuhara becomes double the threat with a game in her pocket Sindhu’s task was cut out The Indian would step up the aggression but such was Okuhara’s smooth control over proceedings that she could toy with any pace or position and Sindhu started spraying her cross-courts out Riding the wild swing It was in the latter part of the second set that Sindhu rode the wild swing She had three stupendous net winners – taps on the run with some net cord luck which came from her dazzling anticipation On one such occasion the Japanese coaches were up and raging alleging a double shot but Sindhu was ferociously brave on the forecourt and it was building up towards the definitive rally at 21-20 The audience had got used to the impossible shuttle-chase downs and were on about their slogans when the 22-21 point happened It went on forever – tosses and net-dribbles and four corners of the court and arms flying to heaving acknowledgements of the two women even as in the 67th minute the women had left Lin Dan and Viktor Axelsen properly waiting backstage for their run The rally itself could be divided into two halves – the first where the athletic abilities shone in full glory and the latter where tiredness was personified in shots pulled from thin air even as gritty spirit brought the crowd to a standing ovation It ended with Okuhara hitting into the net pulling the match into the decider The long rally perhaps tired out Sindhu – a battle won As she stared at the war In the third game it became routine to watch the gladiators play out those long rallies and scurry at a demanding pace with amazement over just how they were keeping the shuttle in for so long In truth Okuhara was stringing Sindhu back and forth and ensuring the Indian would have very little left to launch a counterattack The two were locked 3-3 head to head before this match and at the stroke of the 100th minute the score read 17-17 in the decider Somehow Okuhara looked in better control of what was to unfold clearly better equipped with stroking options Sindhu would receive a warning for time-wasting and it’s when Okuhara turned into a monk on court – standing still in between points and a coil unwinding as soon as the point took off Sindhu’s errors would mount as she would return limply and while her net returns were prescient of a drooping challenge it was the sliced drop that had felled Saina that was now sent swirling on Sindhu for an epic win that’ll be remembered by all “There are lessons to be learnt from this We played an opponent with better energy and we needed to be smarter Gritty wasn’t good enough today” coach Gopichand would say He admitted that even if it sounded ridiculous to call an Olympic and World Championship silver medallist a “work in progress” there was indeed work to be done “Maybe she needed more weapons She wasn’t sharp enough She could’ve attacked at the net but she’d have to run a lot – come back for the lift Sindhu got predictable But the way I look at it this could’ve been the Olympic semis So she’s won the big ones The gold will come” he added For the audience though it was the greatest match they’ve seen in this part of the world since the 1997 World Championships final won by Peter Rasmussen For a stadium full of youngsters this one was better than that One for the the generation BAI announcesbounty Badminton Association of India and President Himanta Biswa Sarma announced a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakh to PV Sindhu and Rs 5 Lakh to Saina Nehwal for her bronze medal winning feat Rally for the ages: 73 shots 82 seconds Sindhu had three game points to level the final Okuhara made it 20-20 The Indian won the next point and what followed was hardly believable: One player was lying on her back the other was doubled up in pain In a match full of lung-busting corner-to-corner rallies the one to decide the second game takes the cake It lasted all of 73 shots and a minute and 22 seconds Both players started with probing for an opening The full dimensions of the court were utilised Okuhara would make Sindhu lunge low down at the net and after a shoestring retrieval would force her to lunge backwards deep Sindhu would force Okuhara to arch her back and use every millimetre of her 5’1” frame to return the high tosses It was a riveting exchange But as it just refused to end it was transformed into one of the best sporting contest one could ever wish to see All the shots in the book were tested Smashes half-smashes drops net shots clears tosses and the athleticism that defied the laws of physics It became a battle of wills Then Okuhara hit a tired smash to Sindhu’s backhand corner It would have been tough to retrieve it at the start of the match let alone now But the Indian somehow redirected the shuttle for a cross-court shot just over the net which Okuhara could not send beyond the net falling in a crumpled heap in the process For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsMumbai: The Congress can make a comeback if all like-minded factions join hands with the party senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said on Thursday "Just before the 2014 Assembly elections the NCP broke alliance with the Congress If you go by the voting patterns?Sonepat, 2017 8:55 pm R& R panel felt it was also worth noting that you also enjoyed the highest attended tie of this round. a driver by profession, While most others have 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