The Indian National Congress (abbreviated INC, and commonly known as the Congress) is one of the two major political parties in India, the other being the Bharatiya Janata Party. It is the largest and one of the oldest democratic political parties in the world. The party's modern liberal platform is largely considered center-left in the Indian political spectrum. Founded in 1885 by members of the occultist movement Theosophical Society—Allan Octavian Hume, Dadabhai Naoroji, Dinshaw Wacha, Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee, Surendranath Banerjee, Monomohun Ghose, Mahadev Govind Ranade and William Wedderburn—the Indian National Congress became the leader of the Indian Independence Movement, with over 15 million members and over 70 million participants in its struggle against British rule in India. After independence in 1947, it became the nation's dominant political party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi family for the most part; major challenges for party leadership have only recently formed.

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Tharoor takes a dig at BJP, bats for changes in curricula

Jaipur, Jan 22
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi but found fault with him and the BJP for being rooted in hostility even while hailing Mahatma Gandhi.

Weakened Congress rides on SP cycle: BJP

Panaji, Jan 22

The Congress is so weakened that it is riding on Akhilesh Yadav's 'cycle' in Uttar Pradesh, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday.

SP to contest 298 seats, Congress 105

Lucknow, Jan 22

Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party on Sunday decided to contest 298 of the 403 assembly seats and leave 105 to its ally the Congress, party sources said.

Sidhu fired up, but there is a lot of return fire too

Chandigarh, Jan 22
From cricketer-turned-politician-turned-TV host to BJP MP-turned-Congress legislator aspirant, Navjot Singh Sidhu has covered some distance and worn different hats in the last few years. But his latest move to the Congress just days ahead of Punjab's crucial assembly elections is being questioned for a variety of reasons.

Modi/Trump, Gandhi/Clinton electoral dramas have parallel scripts

New Delhi

When the American Presidential election campaign got underway in 2015, it was unfolding as a 2008 Bangladesh-style poll, a battle of the begums, the dynastic war of Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, before Zia's 2014 election boycott. It was assumed that the 2016 election similarly would be a clash of the Clinton and Bush dynasties, Hillary versus Jeb.

Can't promote 'Make in India' abroad & peddle 'Hate in India' at home: Tharoor

Kolkata, Jan 22
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has infused a lot of "personal energy" into his diplomacy, but it's difficult to push the Make in India initiative abroad while promoting "Hate in India" at home, says former central minister Shashi Tharoor.

Millions stage women's rights march in US

Washington, Jan 22

More than one million people marched across the US and the world to show support for women's rights and express their discontent over the election of US President Donald Trump.

Thousands gather for Women's March on Washington

Washington, Jan 22

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on Saturday on the streets of the United States' capital to take part in the Women's March on Washington, which is expected to be one of the biggest demonstrations in US history.

250 candidates in fray for 40 seats in Goa

Panaji, Jan 21

As many as 250 candidates are left in the fray for 40 assembly constituencies for the February 4 assembly elections in Goa at the end of deadline for withdrawal of nominations, poll authorities said on Saturday.

Sonia steps in to revive SP-Congress alliance talks

New Delhi, Jan 21

As the parleys between the Congress and the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh appeared to collapse over seat-sharing, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday intervened and spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on the phone.

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