INDIA: A Therapeutic Session

The annual meetings of India's ruling Congress Party are an incongruous mixture of Woodstock nation and revival meeting. Thousands of the party faithful from all over India gather for a few days in the sun—and hours of righteous breast-beating about the worthiness of the party. The sessions are mostly therapeutic, allowing delegates to blow off steam while remaining comfortably aware that none of the resolutions adopted will create any real changes in the life of the party or the nation.

All this was more than apparent last week, as the party held its 74th annual meeting at Salt Lake, a...

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