Congress- CPI: Strange Bed­fei­iows

India Today - - MAIL - by F. Ahmed

“The past with its crimes, its fol­lies and its tragedy flashes away.... Any man or state who fights on against Nazidom will have our aid. The Rus­sian dan­ger is our dan­ger....” was the public com­mit­ment Churchill made on June 22, 1941 when Hitler at­tacked the Soviet Union. Yet within five years Pres­i­dent Truman, amidst mo­ments of ex­as­per­a­tion, felt “tired of baby­ing the Sovi­ets” and talked of fac­ing them with “iron fist and strong lan­guage”. This sig­ni­fies the triumph of an al­liance and the tragedy of a break- up re­sult­ing in a fierce cold war. This was as para­dox­i­cal a sit­u­a­tion in in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics as the Congress- CPI re­la­tions in the post- in­de­pen­dence po­lit­i­cal life of In­dia, which be­gan at the end of 1969, on the eve of the great split in the Congress, and ended in De­cem­ber 1976. These seven tense years were at the same time punc­tu­ated with dis­il­lu­sion­ment, dis­en­chant­ment and of­ten dis­may. It has re­mained an un­easy af­fair through­out. In fact, both the par­ties were at log­ger­heads from the very be­gin­ning and the mar­riage of con­ve­nience reached its break­ing point in De­cem­ber last year when Mrs Gandhi de­clared ( on De­cem­ber 7, 1976) that “we want agree­ments but not at the cost of the strength of the Congress and this is what we must keep in mind”.


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