Advertisement
Monday, Oct 25, 2021
Outlook.com

Empire's Satraps

The Congress' search for 'secular' allies begins with a concerted effort to shed its dynastic intransigence Updates

Empire's Satraps
Abhijit Bhtlekar
Empire's Satraps
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
Congress president Sonia Gandhi's desperate—and belated?—bid to reinvent herself as a coalition-builder has yielded preliminary results, with the vague outlines of a pre-electoral "Secular Progressive Alliance" taking shape. The SPA, according to the Congress gameplan, will also endeavour to have seat adjustments with the Left-led third front to maintain the integrity of the secular vote. The two fronts have a broad understanding on a post-electoral tie-up, with the proposed government to be led by the formation that has the most seats.

The most stiff-necked of parties, the Congress is now stooping to conquer. And the results are showing. After 24 frosty years the Congress and the dmk have buried the hatchet and announced an alliance in Tamil Nadu led by M. Karunanidhi. Apart from making overtures across the 'secular' spectrum, the newly media-friendly Sonia is working to recast her image—from that of a wronged widow to that of a credible leader.

Old habits die hard, however. The Pranab Mukherjee panel report on election strategy couldn't resist saying that...
Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani': Shah Rukh Khan As The Symbol Of Indianness

'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani': Shah Rukh Khan As The Symbol Of Indianness

SRK’s persona evokes the kind of Indianness that denies categorisation into singular, exclusive identities. And thrives on making others feel welcome.

Aryan Khan Case: Witness Alleges NCB Asked For Rs 18 Crore Bribe From Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan Case: Witness Alleges NCB Asked For Rs 18 Crore Bribe From Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan, who is currently lodged in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, was arrested on October 2 on a cruise in connection to the possession of illegal drugs.

T20 World Cup: Pakistan Break Jinx Vs India In Style

T20 World Cup: Pakistan Break Jinx Vs India In Style

Babar Azam (68) and Mohammad Rizwan (79) made light of a 152-run target to help Pakistan break a World Cup jinx against India.

Love, Longing And Shah Rukh: Growing Up With DDLJ In The Time Of Mandal And Kamandal

Love, Longing And Shah Rukh: Growing Up With DDLJ In The Time Of Mandal And Kamandal

Shah Rukh Khan called himself a peddler of love. That’s better than the pitches selling religion. Love is all we need now.

Advertisement