CONGRESS DILEMMA : HOW TO BE SECULAR IN MAJORITARIAN INDIA ?

CONGRESS DILEMMA : HOW TO BE SECULAR IN MAJORITARIAN INDIA ?

After Congress lost poorly in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 and 2019, the party is undergoing intense internal debate on the future of its core ideological plank of secularism, but without alienating the majority community, or appearing to be overtly pro-minority. While senior Congress leaders repeatedly maintain that the party cannot afford to forsake its secular plank, they also admit that the BJP and RSS campaign to brand their party as being enemies of the majority community is a matter of deep concern. The party has to necessarily rework its strategy to counter this campaign for 2024 Lok Sabha polls. On the other hand, there is a view that the party should take up its secular plank in the public domain with the slogan of “Hindu-Muslim-Sikh-Isai, Aapas Mein Sab Bhai Bhai”. Mostly, leaders want the senior leadership to spell out the party position clearly, so that the party does not fall between two stools. On the recent controversy over religious conversions in Kashmir, senior Congress leaders think that they should have called the BJP’s bluff on a having a debate on an anti-conversion law and that the ruling BJP should call all-party meeting to elicit everybody’s views.


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  1. Rahil Nora Chopra Rahil Nora Chopra says:

    Senior Journalist & Political Columnist