Congress- CPI: Strange Bedfeiiows
“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”.
MRS GANDHI AND RAO— POLITICAL HOBNOBBING