If Nitish Kumar takes over as Congress chief, Opposition has a chance against Modi: Ramachandra Guha

In an interview on the 10th anniversary of his book, 'India After Gandhi', historian Ramachandra Guha put his faith in Nitish Kumar, saying it would be his 'fantasy' to see the Bihar Chief Minister at the helm of the Opposition.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 13, 2017 2:26 pm
Ramachandra Guha, Congress, Nitish Kumar, Narendra Modi Historian Ramachandra Guha said there is no one in the Opposition today who stands a chance against PM Modi (Express Photo, File)

Historian Ramachandra Guha said there is no one in the Opposition today who stands a chance against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In an interview with NDTV, he put his faith in Nitish Kumar, saying it would be his ‘fantasy’ to see the Bihar Chief Minister at the helm of the Opposition. Guha was giving an interview on the 10th anniversary of his book, ‘India After Gandhi’.

“Nitish Kumar is a leader without a party. Congress is a party without a leader. If a friendly takeover of the Congress party is organised by Nitish Kumar, I think the Opposition has a chance. That’s not going to happen, but as a democrat, that would be my fantasy,” he said the interview to NDTV.

On the current organisational structure of the Congress, Guha said, “Rahul Gandhi would do himself, his party and the country the greatest favour if he chooses another profession.” He added, “Maybe we don’t need the Congress party… maybe some other party will emerge.”

Guha’s book, ‘India After Gandhi’, was originally published in 2007. It is now being released with an additional segment on events from the last decade, including the decline of the Congress party, the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, economic growth, environmental degradation and the situation in Kashmir.

In the interview, Guha described PM Modi as the most ‘driven’ politician in the country. “PM Modi’s levels of energy is inexhaustible, his commitment to the craft of politics is unparalleled. That’s what gives him is momentum, his power, his strength and dominance,” he told NDTV. However, he opined that the people who voted for him thinking he would distance himself from the Hindu fundamentalists or bring about economic reform have been disappointed.

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    Surya Prakash Sharma
    Jul 15, 2017 at 5:31 am
    People not honest about their love for INDIA are uncomfortable with MODI. BUT fortunately they are not in majority. BELIEVE ME if INDIA HAS taken a turn for the better, it will stay on course Nitish or no nitish, Sonia or no sonia, RaOWL or no rahul.
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      rishi
      Jul 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm
      will someone tell guha history is being rectified for the benefit of the new generations who deserve to know the facts...... and there is no space for him anymore in view of the New India Story which also comes with fresh perspectives on the independence and gandhi era......who struggled and who manipulated and who sought powewrt on a platter by selling india's interests is all getting busted one at a time! My heart goes out to men like Guha....."political historians" of an ancient corrupt colonial-congress era !
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        rishi
        Jul 14, 2017 at 9:04 pm
        where is the need for an opposition ? A Fully Home Grown And Duly Established Nationwide Socio-Political Outfit Of RSS-BJP-Combine-Led-NDA Govt. is what the Nation needs for another 10-20years to make up for the lost 65yrs of congress-misrule when the nation moved at a snail's pace in comparison to most of the countries worldwide including our very neighbour china. THERE IS NO NEED FOR AN OPPOSITION......An 'accountability-driven RSS' as a strong and disciplined organisation knows how to make the Govt. functionaries perform with the much-needed speed and efficiency in an environment of national pride dignity that every citizen deserves .......no more 'jee hujoori' required to get your work done(as unfortunately it used to be in the era of congress goons and commisssion-agents) everywhere). Team-Modi is capable in all respects of Governance that the Nation is seeing for the first time ....... we are behind by 65yrs that saw only politics ....governance was missing !
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          Ram
          Jul 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm
          Nobody can beat Modi. See 73 Indians are very confident of Modi. This GUUUUUUUUUUUUUha is among 27 . How much this IE is paying This GUUUUUUUUUUUUUha
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            atul rajput
            Jul 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm
            Congress doesn't need your opinion on how to run the party, they only need academics intellectuals to push their so called secular image so that people can overlook their scams and other follies. Everyone knows that Nitish is the only answer but Sonia wants to save Congress because she wants to save her political inheritance If she can't keep the top position for his family she wouldn't be interested in saving Congress. Modi has become a truly great leader and all the criticism directed at him can't harm him much now. So if Rahul really wants to be PM he better start learning because his time might just come once modi quits. I hope someone like Nitish shows up as an alternative by 2024.
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              Jag
              Jul 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm
              See how this fake historian is desperate and worried, he writes “Rahul Gandhi would do himself, his party and the country the greatest favour if he chooses another profession.”, this shows the true colors of this historian, who got habit of talking only about select phrases of history ignoring most darkest days of our past, isn't this guy has a anti india agenda?
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                Uar
                Jul 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm
                Yes, the current period would be remembered as the darkest period of BJP and India. Did, the avid supporters of Indira Gandhi at the time ever think Emergency would become the darkest period of Congress rule? Was here any alternative to Indira Gandhi as the PM then?
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                Logic Induction
                Jul 14, 2017 at 1:26 pm
                Astute analysis. Spot on !
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                  Naama
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm
                  This poor academician is just giving his opinion. Why does he have to be associated with BJP or Congress or to any party as a matter?? He is a world renowned historian for God's sake. obviously he WILL have some opinion of his own about his country's politics.. I guess he has at least earned that much for himself. Why do we need to polarize his views?
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