"We do not want such elements in the party as do
not agree with its decisions and principles. They should
leave the party and stay aloof from it."
Those are brave words, and spoken we are sure with a
sincerity. We welcome such a plain talk—which amidst
a welter of talks bordering on conundrums, stands out
in bold relief.
The talk is important not only because, it is pregnant
with possibilities, but also because, it is from the
President of the Congress, Mrs. Indra Gandhi.
Madame, before ascending the gadi, was reported to have
been much in the company of what is termed as the 'ginger
group' in the Congress. As if by way of confirming that
news, Mrs. Indra Gandhi, now and then made speeches
spiced with, what might be termed as leftist views.
We do not know whether, the Congress President, is bent
on changing the "Official Congress" views
on various problems, or is going to fall in line with
the official view. But, this much is to be welcomed—the
'Depart, you dissidents!'—Seems to be the order of the
day, issued by Mrs. Gandhi.
Mrs. Gandhi had to administer such plain talk, because,
after the Nagpur session, sharp differences of opinion
arose among Congressmen and some of those who thought
that they could afford to express their difference of
opinion, did so.
They could have and ought to have, expressed their opinion,
at the Congress session—if they were at all serious
and sincere in their line of thought. But though some
of them fumbled out feeble opposition—when once Pandit
Nehru stood up to chastise, they were all of them cowed
The resolutions were passed!
Opinions contrary to Pandit Nehru's views, had to go
Pandit Nehru naturally would have thought with pleasure
and pardonable pride, that before him all opposition
had vanished into thin air.
Likewise, we are afraid, most of those, who stood out
to oppose, on scenting out the fact that the Pandit
was in a temper, thought it prudent to feign a surrender
rather than remonstrate and get exposed.
Some of them who know Pandit Nehru intimately, know
this much: Pandit Nehru demands submission to his opinion,
and takes particular pleasure in that; but after submission,
he favours them all, with rich concessions, nice adjustments
and charming compromises—even though these might jeopardise
those resolutions for which he put forth a heroic fight
and got victory.
What is of supreme importance to Pandit Nehru, is, not
how these resolutions should become realities, but how
to register a victory at the sessions.
Like the monarchs of old, he would first demand his
opponent to surrender—but afterwards would make him
become his ally—the Commander of his own Legion.
Those who are well conversant with Pandit Nehru's psychology,
feigned a submission and they hope to get out of him,
concessions enough to nullify his resolutions.
But there are others, who think that they should speak
out—and some of them have spoken. It is to them that
the President has issued a stern note—'Remain to register
your approval, if you differ, depart!'
We do not know, what kind of reaction there is going
to be, after this remark.
But, what is of interest, is, not what will happen in
the near future, but an entirely different aspect—the
One may be permitted to ask Madame, why is it and how
is it that people who are not able to see eye to eye
with the known Congress principles found their way into
the Congress-fold! Did those 'doubting Thomases' sneak
into the Congress party—or were most of them 'roped'
into the Congress by the 'canvassers' during the elections?
We are confident of proving that in eight out of ten
cases, it was a case of ‘roping in’ rather than of sneaking
Madame should know that Pandit Nehru's lieutenants—even
those top-men at State level—went about netting any
catch, just to swell their basket.
Elections ought to be won—and whoever could afford to
get victory by hook or crook were welcomed!
They need not be convinced about the principles held
dear by the Congress. Even if they were opposing the
Congress till yesterday, it did not matter. If they
had the means to face the elections, they were welcomed.
They could be the sworn foes of Socialism! Let them
be! They would be pooh-poohing most of the ideals held
sacred by the official Congress! That does not matter.
If they were ready with the sinews of war, they were
What did Pandit Nehru do on being told—he simply refused
to pull up his lieutenants—for, he was immensely interested
in not how the recruiting takes place, but only in the
So these ten years have been busy years for the Congress
canvassing agents—and they have succeeded to a remarkable
degree, in swelling the ranks of the Congress and registering
dazzling victories on the election front.
We do not for one moment suggest, that no new-comer
is to be taken into the fold of the Congress. We but
point out that mercenaries who have no confidence in
the Socialistic principles of the Congress, have entered
that camp—or rather have been roped in by the canvassing
agents of the Congress.
This has not strengthened the Congress—could not.
Most of them thought that here was a fine opportunity
for getting the Congress on a hire-purchase system!
Why should we oppose the Congress, when it is ready
to befriend us, oblige us and accommodate us?
A rich, long and valorous history—of struggle and suffering,
of sacrifice and heroism, is being placed in our hands,
why should we not employ that weapon, for our benefit—thought
those, who are adapts in the art of utilising to the
utmost all opportunities that come on their way!
Should Madame be in need of illustrations to prove our
argument, she has only to skip over the list of Congress
M.L.A.s, Congress candidates for the Municipal elections!
They are selected not on the basis of their service
and loyalty to the Congress party, but on the assurance
given by them, that they would place their all and win
'Who could deny admission to the new-comers, if they
come convinced'—Madame might be tempted to ask. None
could and nobody would object. But they are being recruited,
just for election purposes—they don on khadi for the
first time—for them Haripura and Tiripura mean nothing—for
them anything other than elections is meaningless—and
they are the people who occupy the Congress camp today.
Is that the way to strengthen a party—its principles?
If Mrs. Indra Gandhi, takes the trouble to wade through
the various lists—it would be hard task, of course—she
would find that the Congress party has been lent to
serve the interests of self-seekers and job-hunters.
Madame is furious and rightly so, at those who express
objection to the Nagpur resolutions. We would hasten
to say, that such open criticism is to be welcomed,
tolerated and answered! There can be absolutely no danger
in that. But most of those who crowd the Congress today,
are not of that sort. They would not speak out—for they
believe in sabotage—and they have succeeded to some
extent in that. They know the art of cajolery and flattery.
They stoop but to conquer! And they have been benefited
in diverse ways.
Political morality has gone to the lowest ebb, because
of such unholy alliances.
If Madame is intent upon strengthening the Congress,
she need not issue threats to those who voice forth
their objections—like Prof.Ranga, they would walk out—but
Mrs.Gandhi should be careful about those who have become
What is Madame going to do, about them?
Nothing! For, if once Madame begins purging those elements,
daddy would become friendless, lonely and perhaps furious.
(Editorial - 29-03-1959)