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Congress' Transformation Augurs Well For Indian Democracy

The Gandhis

Congress' Transformation Augurs Well For Indian Democracy

A non-Gandhi as its chief has already induced a new sense of collective functioning in the Congress and for the first time in two decades, candidates’ names are being finalised without Sonia Gandhi being the last court of appeal

In Obeisance Rahul with mother Sonia Gandhi paying tribute to Indira Gandhi at Shakti Sthal in Delhi Photo: Tribhuvan Tiwari

To the enormous satisfaction of its rowdy cheer-leaders, the Modi government in November 2019 withdrew the Special Protection Group (SPG) security cover of the three Gandhis, Sonia, son Rahul and daughter Priyanka. Predictably, the Congress corner cried foul, but many saw this decision as yet another manifestation of the no-nonsense ruthless approach of the new Union home minister who was already basking in the glory of abrogating Article 370. The saffron crowd was in its own zone.

But, then, the law of unintended consequences kicked in.

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