History of Congress Elections: Can a democratic Party President save INC from the Gandhi problem?

History of Congress Elections: Can a democratic Party President save INC from the Gandhi problem?


Congress party is in a mess ever since Rahul Gandhi has officially resigned. A Congress worker even tried to hang himself from a tree. After about a month of anticipation, Rahul Gandhi has finally submitted his resignation letter. His twitter status has also changed. Many people think that Congress can’t survive without the Gandhis. Such people don’t know a thing about democracy or the history of the Indian National Congress. The Indian National Congress is more than 130 years old, much older than the Gandhis or the Nehrus. The fact is that Congress was there even before the Gandhis came into existence and it doesn’t need any Sonia or Rahul for its survival now. The history of Congress needs to be understood for this. You might be surprised to know that from 1885 till the 1930s, Congress president was elected for only one year. Senior leaders can be elected more than once but after some years from their previous term. This is the same party where Sonia Gandhi continues to be in the president’s post for about 20 years without any democratic election. She stepped down only for her son, Rahul Gandhi. In this episode of the Deshbhakt, we’ll tell you the talent and calibre of Congress’s previous leaders and how they built the party. Then we’ll tell you how difficult it was to get the president’s post which was good for democracy. And finally, we’ll tell you how a democratically elected party president post came in the clutches of the Gandhi family. Congress built its image by protesting against and even co-operating with the British. The first president of Congress was Womesh Chunder Bonnerjee and for the record, I am not related to him. In the first 30-40 years of Congress, a number of great personalities have taken the post of party president. Dadabhai Naoroji, Parsi intellectual, educator, cotton trader, social reformer, renowned as the ‘Grand old man’ of India. Romesh Chandra Dutt, civil servant, writer, translator of the Mahabharata and Ramayan and an economic historian. Gopal Krishna Gokhle, leading moderate and highly respected freedom fighter. Rash Behari Ghosh, politician, lawyer, social activist, philanthropist. Madan Mohan Malviya, founder of the Banaras Hindu University. Lala Lajpat Rai, leader of several Hindu reform movements including the very famous, Arya Samaaj. Abul Kalam Azaad, revolutionary poet, journalist, activist, freedom fighter also credited for the formation of the UGC and the IITs. Many foreigners have also been the president of the Indian National Congress. George Yule, Sir William Wedderburn, Alfred Webb, Henry Cotton, Annie Besant have all been Congress President. Congress may now be known as a pseudo-secular party but many Muslims have also taken the post of party President. Badruddin Tyabji, Rahimtulla M. Sayani, Nawab Syed Mohammed Bahadur, Syed Hasan Imam, and Maulana Abul Kalam Ajad have been on the post. Sadly, Muslim leadership lost it’s say in Congress by the time of partition. Massive infighting also started taking shape in the party. Subhash Chandra Bose was elected as the Congress President in 1938 with the support of Nehru, Gandhi and Patel. The next year, Bose went against Gandhi due to Gandhi’s reluctance for Bose to become the party President again and ideological differences. Bose didn’t want any sort of compromise with the British; he, in fact, wanted to launch CIvil disobedience when the British got busy in some other war. Gandhi was willing to cooperate with the British. Bose had won the election the second time but Gandhi pressurized the CWC and all of its members resigned. Ultimately, Bose had to resign in 1939. This was the importance of the President’s post that such great personalities used to clash over it. A similar debate happened in 1949 when Patel wanted Purshottam Das Tandon to become the party President against Nehru’s will. The problem Nehru had with Tandon was that he was a conservative and wanted to impose Hindi throughout the nation. Tandon was still elected as the next President. Nehru threatened to resign; After the death of Patel in December 1950, Tandon lost cooperation and had to resign in September 1951. The party then passed a resolution requesting Nehru to take the president’s post and Nehru became the president without an election. This is where the problem started and the decline of Congress and of democracy in
Congress had begun. Indira Gandhi had also started the tradition that whoever would be the Prime Minister would also be the President. Rajeev Gandhi had also continued it, Prime Minister=Congress President. P.V. Narasimha Rao had also applied the same formula in the early 1990s. This has spoiled the foundation of the party. There was no enthusiasm, no new ideas with the new leaders. Any new initiative, membership drive, groundwork, everything got lost amidst the dirty politics. Now comes the worst part, The party which fought for our freedom and brought democracy has itself seized to be democratic. Corruption allegations and the defeat in Elections 1996 made P.V. Narasimha Rao resign. Sitaram Kesari became the next party president. Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi was rising to power. Sonia Gandhi agreed to campaign for the party in 1997. Sitaram Kesari was losing support. In a regular CWC meeting on March 14, 1998, a resolution was passed to elect Sonia Gandhi as the next party President. She is now the longest-serving Congress President and her term continued for 19 years. She has also won elections twice. But the working of the party, its democracy, fresh blood, energy strategy, everything was spoiled. Congress couldn’t realize that while it is busy with its dynasty politics, RSS and BJP were gaining support on the ground level. Like a true political party, BJP was working on its communication, bringing talent, harvesting data, and building a strong support system. So what should Congress do after such huge defeats of 2014 and 2019? Congress was already ruined by the time Rahul Gandhi got the Presidentship in 2017. There was no organizational structure, communication, strategy or message. And Rahul was no good to handle the situation. What Rahul can do best for Congress is to step aside now. Like old times, proper elections should be organized in Congress. Congress has still got bright politicians like D.K. Shivakumar, experienced leaders like Amarinder Singh, and young faces like Sachin Pilot. So let proper democratic elections decide who should be the next President of the INC. We may finally get better opposition in our country which is what the constitution needs. And we will be saved from a single-party rule. It is also possible that Congress might do much better without the Gandhis. Or perhaps, Congress will continue being pseudo-democratic only. Anything is possible in politics! We were taught about the role of Congress in the freedom movement, how it was formed and how presidents were elected in Modern Indian history. People who think Congress can’t work without the Gandhis are completely wrong. It may, in fact, get better if democracy is restored in it. Disagreements can only strengthen the party. The idea of this episode is given by one of our Patreon members. Patreons are our ultimate Deshbhakts who support us financially and also suggest ideas. You can become a Patreon too, the link is given in the description below. You can also buy our merchandise on kadakmerch.com and tspring.com for international shipping. Please like, share, subscribe and don’t forget to press the bell icon for updates and notifications. Stay tuned to the Deshbhakt for more episodes.

100 thoughts on “History of Congress Elections: Can a democratic Party President save INC from the Gandhi problem?

  1. Man this is the best video of your's. It was very objective and I found it very true in every aspect. Loved it …

  2. 1947 ke pehle objective to Independence Tha
    1947 ke bad objective desh ko lutna or Gandhi ki gulami bana
    Isliye Congress nahi bachegi…

  3. awesome bro ..ur vdoz r like true a mesg always like to hear full vdo the way u explain i wonder how u prepair for it b4 stariting vdo keep sharping our knowledge bhai …agar mujhe koi power yaa jadu mil jae to mai aapko india ka next pm banadu

  4. Hahaha sir ur tooo much funny , absolute face expression , love to watch ur videos ,, , gr8 work keep it up👍

  5. ACHA HAI AKASH SAHI CONGRESS HALATH BIGADNAY KI OH KHUD DOSH HAI SATH EK BATH AB BJP KO NAGPUR RSS CONTROL KARTHA HAI

  6. I am core supporter of bjp but i want strong opposition with good opposition leader..
    Congress se nakli gandhi pariwar ko dur kar dena chahiye

  7. God, your analysis was all ok.. until you mentioned DKShi! He is the most corrupt politician in Karnataka.. the amount he had looted is unimaginable

  8. dkc that guy is a too good man because I am from Karnataka and I voted for bjp but this man fuck after result he played a very good game and now also he tries to stop from government falling

  9. Comparing 35(a) with the provisions in Maharashtra , Gujarat, Karnataka, Nagaland shows how low can you stoop to establish your agenda.
    Was it not the mistake of Ex – Pm to take this issue to UN?
    Also people should know how 35(a) was installed unconstitutionally.

  10. Congress ko Glorify karne k chakkarme you forgot the role of subhas chandra in our democracy……Made a episode on subhas chandra bose..

  11. Lekin Akash brother, open election se ye bhi to ho sakta hai ki Congress party bache hi nai. Kya pata is Game of Thrones main Congress ke tukde ho jaaye jaise pehle bhi ho chuke hai Indira gandhi ke time. Agar aisa hoga to vo to aur bhi worse hai democracy ke liye. Aapka kya kehna hai ispe??

  12. Mr A Banerjee I think you have also surrender after elected of BJP Bcoz your way of reporting has been changed. And you becm a Dalla of Modi and company. Its mine opening im sorry for that

  13. जेसे कांग्रेस ने 50 साल शासन किया बेसे ही बीजेपी 50 साल शासन करेंगी और मोदी जी 95 साल के होंगे तब तक शासन करेंगे

  14. Sorry to say it's ghandhy not gandhi just spell play can give you emotional attachment of billions people.

  15. Evm का खेल है… चुनाव आयोग बिक चुका हुआ है…. 👍 👍 👍

  16. rahul gandhi has steped down from party president . but question is for how long and what is the chances that another gandhi is not going to replace him ?

  17. Sir ek video newly created party, I mean Aam Aadmi Party pe bhi bnana. Ek me pros and ek me cons.
    Can you?

  18. Wait a minute! What do you mean by "jis party ne hame azadi di?" Democracy !! Why India needs democracy? How many people understand politics?

  19. Gandhi's should stay away from congress party. Especially Sonia and priyanka Gandhi. Let Rahul Gandhi get the knowledge of politics.

  20. Congress party is stupid to involve Sonia Gandh.This party is feels like a home run business. With no qualifications and experience.The worst thing is they still refuse to believe that. Rahul Gandhi is a doofus.

  21. This video can be seed for revival of India NationaCongress because it give percepactive of Congress ideology of democracy rather than pseudo Congress ideology of Dynasty.

    We have two option as new generation —
    1. Let Indian National Congress be just as destroted and hijacked.

    2.let revive the Indian National Congress which is foundation of India's political, economic, social libration.

    What option you going to choose options- 1? Or 2?

    From Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

  22. This is what I have always said that Congress is not a personal property of Gandhi's which they have always shown, it's formed 100 yrs before Gandhi's came into power.

    A strong Congress party is needed without the dominance of Gandhi's although I have seen Rahul as a very eligible candidate for PM post as he has evolved massively over the years.
    I still believe Sonia is responsible for the total fallout of this historic beautiful national party.

  23. Rahul did the best thing for congress that he didn't got married. So gandhi family business in congress will definately end.

  24. Woo night 12.37 P.M mai dakha tha subscriber 690 k hai but morning mai dakh raha hu 700k complete…. aisi hi chalte rahe …

  25. You are good…i have watched your video earlier…but somehow i feel you are congress sided and not unbiased….

  26. You need to correct some facts here. The leaders you have mentioned are of Indian National Congress. Current congress is a different party congress 'I' made by Indira Gandhi. Second thing you must know is Sonia Gandhi is the only reason for existence of congress party now. you must check the condition when she became party president. And don't forget that under her leadership, congress won election second time in spite of so called strong bjp you suggested with able leader like Vajpayee. no comments about Rahul Gandhi. I am not in favour of any party. I just want to appreciate any good leader from any party who deserve appreciation. and Nehru too was a scholar. and pv narasimharao was the greatest leader of all time.

  27. informative video… Aakashji really very important to know about Indian History should be know to the Indian People👍

  28. একজন বাঙালি হয়ে আপনাকে অনুরোধ আপনি নেতাজি অন্তর্ধান রহস্য নিয়ে একটি episode করুন..

  29. People in the politics should be e coming manipulators of true facts and liars who pretend to be e honest and this is the need of the hour and Rahul Gandhi is misfit for the politics

  30. Muslim League in Pakistan had the same fate. It's now reduced to dynastic politics of Sharif family. Same is case of Pakistan People's Party which is now a dynastic rule of Bhutto family.

  31. Bhaiya, aap Kya mante ho ki India ke bibhajan mein Brittish, Jinnah ke sath sath Neheru aur Gandhi vi jemmedar the?Agar nahi mante to iske khilap ek video banao…please…

  32. Aj Jo ek narrative banaya Gaya hai ki Jo bhi bura hua hai ya ho Raha uske jimmedar Neheru hai…aur sare acche cheez (jinme se bahut saro ka credit pichle govt ka hai) ka credit chappan inch ka hai….ise aap kaise describe karoge?Kya current government ke behavior mein apko fascism dikta hai?Please make a video about BJP pseudo nationalism….usme savarkar ya fir shyama Prasad ka thik nationalism ka reference jarur daliega? Patriotism aur nationalism ka difference aap video mein zaroor bolna… Yeh mera ek request hai….

  33. Isi parivaar vaad ke kaaran congress dubi..
    Log ko samjh aaye tab na..

    Congress chaie..
    Lekin dynamic leaders ke sath..
    Fixed family members ke sath nahi

  34. I think choosing Sonia Gandhi as interim president is again a bad choice. When the opposition is continuously triggering you on the basis of "pariwaarbaad" and when Rahul Gandhi seems to have some understanding over this leading to his resignation, how come party make the same mistakes. This is a terribe choice. Congress needs to move without the Gandhis or maybe them as just a part of it, but not in the leading roles. Rahul Gandhi made a wise decision, but congress party seems to be on a suicide mission. When the likes of Shashi Tharoor, Captain Amrendra, Sachin Pilot, Gehlot and many more in the party, there was no need for Congress to select Sonia Gandhi as their leader again. It's sad. They are worsening their conditions.

  35. What you failed to mention was that Indira Gandhi was expelled from the Indian National Congress in 1969 by S Nijalingappa, the then president of Congress. This resulted in Indira Gandhi forming her own party naming it Congress(I), where I stands for Indira. Most of the top brass moved to this new party and slowly the Indian National Congress died away. Today the congress that we see is the Congress (I). The original INC was dissolved in 1971. This is the very reason the Gandhis hold sway in Congress, they feel they have every right to do as they please and treat the party as their personal property.
    I expected you to mention this, as this was the key reason for the dynasty rule of Gandhis. The Gandhis will never give the ultimate power to anyone. the will always try to have a puppet in the forefront.
    Half baked truth is even dangerous, expected better from you.

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