He understood that democratic politics is algebra, where various parts of the electoral equation are held together by governance, not deposits in vote banks
As the Congress vacates the space of an active opposition with a counter-argument, civil society activists and other professional dissenters rush in to fill the vacuum
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi can have the satisfaction of a Pyrrhic victory. The party has formally reaffirmed their leadership, but it is seen as completely out of sync with the times
Rebels for a day, and virtual renegades in a schmaltzy spectacle of piety and panegyrics in the next day’s headlines, the dissenting Congress leaders retreated without the humiliation of a recantation. Some mercy.
Sonia Gandhi is still said to be personally warm towards Sachin Pilot and should he wish to return, she could facilitate it