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Congress and Democracy


                     THE principles of Democracy, so difficult to learn everywhere, are the most difficult to imbibe in a country has been, like ours, for so many centuries under foreign despotism. We are not, therefore, surprised at the autocratic ways of our own democratic leaders. Ever since the birth of the Congress, those who have been in the leadership of this great National movement  have persistently denied the general public in the try the right of determining what shall and what shall not be or done on their behalf and in their name. The delegates been gathered from all parts of the country, not to deliberate , public matters, but simply to lend their support to the decisions that had already been arrived at by secret conclaves of half a dozen men. In the earlier years, the practical work of the Congress was done in an absolutely hole-and-corner way, and the general body of the delegates had nothing else to do but to dance to the tune of Messrs. Hume and Company, and the very birth e institution now known as the Subjects Committee was due threat held out twenty years ago at the First Madras Congress by a young delegate, to publicly defy the decisions of the co- which prepared the programme of the Congress by asserting  his right to move any resolution he liked, before the Congress, leaving it to the delegates to accept or reject it as they pleased. It was to avoid the possibility of such scenes that the old coterie had to abdicate their right to dictate to the Congress as to what it shall discuss and to accept the suggestion of leaving the settlement of the Congress programme to a representative Committee duly elected by the delegates present. This Subjects Committee is the only constitutional safeguard provided so far by the Congress against the exercise of autocratic power by any individual congressman or any clique or coterie of the delegates. But it has proved

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The love of inaction is folly an
The love of inaction is folly and the scorn of inaction is folly; there is no inaction. The stone lying inert upon the sands which is kicked away in an idle moment, has been producing its effect upon the hemispheres.

Sri Aurobindo

(121−Thoughts and Aphorisms)

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