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Project Nitish as UPA face to save party, Ramachandra Guha advises Congress

Nitish too is a leader without a family burden but he isn't a megalomaniac like Modi, he said

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Photo: PTI

One can noted historian and intellectual to think out of the box -- and set the cat among the pigeons in the process. He has now called for a massive change in leadership, suggesting that the party can only regain its prominence by projecting as the face of the (UPA).

Known for his sharp comments against the Congress, Guha at the 10th-anniversary celebrations of his book "India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Decomcary", said India's oldest political party was without any leader and that there is little chance of its revival under the present dispensation.

"Nobody has got any doubts that the is not going to rise again anytime soon. Two years (to the next Lok Sabha election) is a long time in If you get away with the Gandhi family in the leadership and if the has a new leader, things can change.

"There is a genuine leader in India. That is He is a leader without a party, the Congress is a party without a leader. If Congress gives him a chance to lead the UPA, it might have a future," Guha maintained.

The was in power for two terms from 2004 to 2014 before being ousted by the current Bharatiya Janata Party-led Democratic Alliance, with Narendra Modi, then the Gujarat Chief Minister, leading the charge.

Guha, who was in conversation with journalist Barkha Dutt at the event organised by Pan MacMillan India on Tuesday evening said that like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too is a leader without a "family burden" but unlike Modi, he is not a "megalomaniac".

Guha also reiterated that single party dominance in a democratic country like India is not good as it makes a leader more authoritative.

"There is a problem with single party dominance; it made even the great democrat Jawaharlal Nehru unpersuasive, it made the instinctively authoritative Indira Gandhi more authoritative. So what single party dominance would do to Narendra Modi and Amit Shah I have started to think (about)," Guha noted.

"Forty years of Left rule in West Bengal was a disaster, 25 years of BJP rule in Gujarat is a disaster. We are in the 70th year of Independence and have failed in emulating a stable two party module of western democracy," he added.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 17:40 IST