New Delhi: Today is the 137th anniversary of India’s oldest party, Congress. To mark this occasion, today, when Congress President Sonia Gandhi attempted to hoist the Congress flag, it did not fly in the sky, but fell directly into the hands of Sonia Gandhi.
Zee News editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary on Tuesday, December 28, analyzed the history of 136 years of the Congress party and explained how nepotism and injustice with the party’s top leaders has deteriorated it.
The Congress was founded by a Briton named was – AO Hume. He came from Scotland to India in 1849 as an Indian Civil Servant. When the revolt of 1857 took place, and what we call the First War of Independence, at that time AO Hume was the administrative officer of Uttar Pradesh.
Hume founded the Congress Party in India in 1885. It is said that Congress was created for the purpose of giving maximum rights to Indians under British rule. However, some historians believe that the real purpose of forming Congress was to quell the fire of the rebellion that began from the year 1857 so that such a situation would not happen again in the future.
After independence, Jawaharlal Nehru, in one of his speeches, himself expressed how nepotism can destroy a country. In one of his speeches at the Red Fort on August 15, 1960, Nehru said that if the Indian people put their caste, community or family before the country, it would destroy the country.
Besides the nepotism that has damaged Congress, the party’s injustice to its senior leaders is also one of the reasons for its current situation. Congress has always done injustices with its great leader, with the exception of Nehru and here are four of those great leaders who have not received the respect they deserve in the party.
The first of these leaders is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose – In 1939, when Subhash Chandra Bose resubmitted his request to be the president of Congress, an alliance of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru was formed against him, which gradually declined his importance in the party and he eventually had to resign.
Likewise, the country’s prime minister of law, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, was also ignored by the party. In 1951, when Jawaharlal Nehru withdrew the Hindu Code Bill, Ambedkar resigned his ministerial post and then left Congress.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel also did not get the respect he deserved in the Congress party. In 1946, a year before independence, when elections were held within the Congress Party for the post of president, it was certain that the leader who would become president would also be the first prime minister of India.
At that time, there were a total of 15 congressional committees in India, of which 12 chose Sardar for the post of chairman. While three committees did not participate. But despite this, Nehru first became President of Congress and then Prime Minister because Mahatma Gandhi convinced Sardar Patel to withdraw his name.
Congress has never done justice to the country’s fifth prime minister, Chaudhary Charan Singh. He served Congress for 40 years, but during that time he was not even allowed to become Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh because Nehru did not like Chaudhary Charan Singh very much. He left Congress in 1967 with tears in his eyes.