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May 08, 2021

The Congress Party

Something wrong with Indian National Congress? A layman's view;

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This piece is NOT written by an expert political observer. You may have read many takes on what's happening with Congress Party. But let's face it, not all of us are getting fingernail-inked because we are of some political, intellectual kind. I'm not.
To keep things short and simple, I'm just going to write a few things that come to my mind when I think of the Congress Party and elaborate a bit on it.

Let's begin; these are my thoughts

💭Resort Tourism
I think the Congress party's most prominent contribution to our economy in recent times is its unconditional* support towards the Resort Tourism industry. No kidding. *Unconditional: excludes the "Don't let any BJP agent in" clause.
💭Who's the President; Oh boy
Let me get back to you on this one.
💭Corruption within corruption
Here's the thing. I'm okay with corruption to some extent because political parties need funding. A lot more than the top layer, leaders could raise through conventional methods like sending the agencies over or selling the rights to control petroleum price. It requires everyone's input, and Congress Party lacks control over the amount "gathered". Thanks to its non-cadre structure, half the money never reach home; look at the two headquarters.
💭High Command
Who is "high", and what are the commands? These terms would make sense to me if they were about someone who had bought back India from the British and then decided to form a political party out of pure mercy and kindness. Then it could even be the Holy Command, I suppose.
💭PCC and group fights
Sometimes it feels like the Congress Party is a group of companies, including a few startups, pretending to be a single large corporation. Oh yeah, the whole "High Command" thing is starting to make some sense now. That's cute. Anyways, the point is they have no unity whatsoever. I hope these people could leave their group differences aside and start working together for their own good.
💭And bad PR
I'm not an expert in this area either, but it seems like BJP has the PR game all figured out. On the other hand, Congress Party makes many social media noises with negative campaigns. So far in this piece, I haven't named anyone, and I think I'm going to leave it that way.