As India struggles, the opposition Congress Party prioritizes dynasty over democracy – The Washington Post

Congress, which led India to freedom from British colonial rule, was once the default party of government at home and a model for aspiring democrats abroad. In 1975, however, confronting the prospect of judicial disqualification, prime minister Indira Gandhi (no relation to Mahatma Gandhi) suspended the constitution and ruled India as a dictator for 21 months. Internal democracy vanished completely from Congress. Her older son, Sanjay, gangsterized the party by inserting his henchmen into its upper echelons and forcibly sterilized millions of defenseless Indians in a reign of terror.

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