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The Indian National Congress is an Indian political party founded in 1885. After Indian independence in 1947, the Congress became the dominant political party in the country. Congress leader Jawaharlal Nehru served as the first Prime Minister of India. More

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  • Marketing Musings: The multibillion dollar political branding industry Nov 29, 2022 09:20 AM IST

    Marketing Musings: The multibillion dollar political branding industry

    Indian political leaders, like their peers across the world, are eager to create brands for themselves. But a person is not a product. What matters is the values they hold dear 

  • Gujarat Elections | Why BJP has trained its sights on a less feisty Congress? Nov 28, 2022 12:57 PM IST

    Gujarat Elections | Why BJP has trained its sights on a less feisty Congress?

    Can the Congress upset the BJP’s prospects in many constituencies?

  • Gujarat Elections | BJP uses familiar template to beat anti-incumbency Nov 11, 2022 10:40 AM IST

    Gujarat Elections | BJP uses familiar template to beat anti-incumbency

    This strategy, in place since 2014, has helped the national party become a powerful election-winning machine

  • Assembly Elections | Will Himachal Pradesh buck the trend? Nov 01, 2022 09:28 AM IST

    Assembly Elections | Will Himachal Pradesh buck the trend?

    The BJP is banking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charisma to beat the strong anti-incumbency against the incumbent state government, and break the cycle as in Uttarakhand

  • What Rishi Sunak’s rise can tell Congress in India Oct 27, 2022 09:41 AM IST

    What Rishi Sunak’s rise can tell Congress in India

    Own up Jawaharlal Nehru’s role as the builder of Independent India’s capitalism, instead of persisting with the once-expedient rhetoric of socialism

  • Congress has taken one step forward, but many more remain Oct 21, 2022 08:31 AM IST

    Congress has taken one step forward, but many more remain

    Kharge’s major shortcoming is that he is not a charismatic leader and is therefore unlikely to be able to galvanise the party rank and file across the country

  • What will be the road ahead for Shashi Tharoor? Oct 20, 2022 08:52 AM IST

    What will be the road ahead for Shashi Tharoor?

    It would be unfortunate if the Congress, especially the Gandhis, choses to marginalise Shashi Tharoor merely because he decided to battle it out against the ‘official’ nominee in the presidential election

  • Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge will have to hit the ground running Oct 19, 2022 03:30 PM IST

    Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge will have to hit the ground running

    With the victory behind him, the biggest test for Mallikarjun Kharge will be to ensure that his appeal transcends the language and regional barriers given that the Hindi heartland holds the key to the Delhi seat of power 

  • Tharoor Vs Kharge | Congress’ intra-party democracy withers on the vine Oct 13, 2022 11:11 AM IST

    Tharoor Vs Kharge | Congress’ intra-party democracy withers on the vine

    If the aim of holding the elections were to instil confidence in party workers, to reach out to undecided voters by upholding a democratic process within the party, and to break status quo, the Congress has failed in achieving it

  • Ashok Gehlot | Veteran Congress loyalist with a vengeance that has led to a ‘revolt’ Sep 30, 2022 11:27 AM IST

    Ashok Gehlot | Veteran Congress loyalist with a vengeance that has led to a ‘revolt’

    Ashok Gehlot might have thought of the Congress President’s post as a crown of thorns with little independent power. That Sachin Pilot would replace him left him little option but to revolt

  • New Congress President will have to shed tag of ‘Gandhi rubber stamp’ Sep 26, 2022 10:45 AM IST

    New Congress President will have to shed tag of ‘Gandhi rubber stamp’

    Congress’ political rivals have already claimed that the incoming chief would be remote-controlled by the Gandhis

  • Bharat Jodo Yatra is an audacious experiment at national renewal Sep 15, 2022 08:40 AM IST

    Bharat Jodo Yatra is an audacious experiment at national renewal

    Cynics have dubbed the Bharat Jodo Yatra as a desperate gamble to reinvent Rahul Gandhi’s brand as opposed to an authentic rehabilitation of the Congress. They are both right and wrong

  • Congress Revival | Rahul Gandhi must break his protective ring of ‘non-political’ advisers Aug 31, 2022 11:16 AM IST

    Congress Revival | Rahul Gandhi must break his protective ring of ‘non-political’ advisers

    Rahul Gandhi’s personal prejudices against senior leaders, overdependence on his coterie, and the lack of wider consultations has led him to make wrong choices more than once

  • India needs a fighting-fit Opposition. Can Congress (at least now) step up to the job? Aug 31, 2022 09:15 AM IST

    India needs a fighting-fit Opposition. Can Congress (at least now) step up to the job?

    At a time when the Congress is preparing for crucial assembly elections, party seniors should have anticipated the downsides of public scenes of inner-party fissures. Clearly, some people are sleeping at the wheel

  • Congress needs fewer Ghulam Nabi Azads and more Sachin Pilots to revive party Aug 30, 2022 03:48 PM IST

    Congress needs fewer Ghulam Nabi Azads and more Sachin Pilots to revive party

    The Congress needs young leaders who have a connect with the masses, and who can win the party elections; and it should do away with leaders whose only relevance is that they are close to the power centre

  • Ghulam Nabi Azad's exit yet another indication of the rot in Congress  Aug 29, 2022 08:25 AM IST

    Ghulam Nabi Azad's exit yet another indication of the rot in Congress 

    The decline in the Congress has been going on for decades. There are many reasons, but dynasty culture and the lack of connect with the grassroots social forces are the main ones 

  • Congress | New party president will have an unenviable task ahead Aug 26, 2022 09:36 AM IST

    Congress | New party president will have an unenviable task ahead

    The new Congress chief will have to work on a strategy to maintain the party’s position as one of the two important poles in national politics

  • Politics | If Ashok Gehlot becomes Congress President, party will kill two birds with one stone Aug 25, 2022 01:10 PM IST

    Politics | If Ashok Gehlot becomes Congress President, party will kill two birds with one stone

    What works in Gehlot’s favour is that he is a veteran leader who has weathered multiple political storms. What works against him is the perception that he is subservient to the Gandhis

  • Karnataka | Who will be Congress' CM face? Party likely to repeat 2018 poll strategy Aug 09, 2022 10:03 AM IST

    Karnataka | Who will be Congress' CM face? Party likely to repeat 2018 poll strategy

    It’s DK Shivakumar versus Siddaramaiah versus SR Patil in Karnataka. The Congress hopes the combined efforts of its top leaders will help it win back the state from the BJP

  • Non-merit poll freebies are promissory notes at taxpayers’ expense Aug 04, 2022 03:41 PM IST

    Non-merit poll freebies are promissory notes at taxpayers’ expense

    It is critical to remain persistently focused on achieving inter-generational upward social and economic mobility and that is where the lens should be. Not on giveaways that follow an electoral calendar

  • CAG courts controversy as it moves with the times May 13, 2022 11:28 AM IST

    CAG courts controversy as it moves with the times

    A creative tension exists between the government and its internal auditor

  • Congress’ membership drive in Kerala is a joke on the grand old party Apr 05, 2022 04:19 PM IST

    Congress’ membership drive in Kerala is a joke on the grand old party

    If Congress leaders really believe in this narrative, the state unit needs a reality check; it’s a different matter if the books are being cooked to befool the ‘high command’

  • Demanding allies and an existential crisis — it’s a tough road ahead for Congress Mar 31, 2022 04:24 PM IST

    Demanding allies and an existential crisis — it’s a tough road ahead for Congress

    The dismal performance in five state elections, rebellion brewing in the party, question mark over Congress occupying pole opposition role, and AAP’s victory in Punjab portends tough times ahead for the grand old party

  • With Brand Priyanka Gandhi badly bruised, what next for Congress? Mar 12, 2022 11:32 AM IST

    With Brand Priyanka Gandhi badly bruised, what next for Congress?

    The Congress’ electoral performance has turned the spotlight on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her political future given that her image and credibility have hit a new low

  • In Bihar, Congress aims to revive its prospects Oct 29, 2021 04:14 PM IST

    In Bihar, Congress aims to revive its prospects

    Congress breaks ties with the RJD in Bihar to rejuvenate its organisation ahead of 2024 general elections, and this could jeopardise the efforts to put up a united front against the BJP