End of ideology

Print edition : May 16, 2014

P.V. Narasimha Rao (right) and Manmohan Singh. The policy change initiated by Rajiv Gandhi continued unabated during their regimes. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

At the AICC meeting in Avadi, Chennai, in 1995, where the "socialist" orientation of the Congress was announced. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

After the Congress Parliamentary Party's executive committee meeting in 1969 that discussed nationalisation of banks. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Sanjay Gandhi, who initiated an "ideology-neutral" agenda. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Rajiv Gandhi, who totally reversed the ideological direction Jawaharlal Nehru had given the Congress. Photo: The Hindu Archives.

If the Congress is floundering, it is because it lacks today the ideology, social vision and agenda an inherently pluralistic and unequal society like India needs.
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