The tough, second stint for the matriarch
The late Jaipal Reddy had once described Sonia Gandhi as one of the 'finest students' of the 'University of Life'. While these talks and deliberations were taking place, political developments, such as collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy government, scrapping of Article 370, bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir, deterioration in Indo-Pak ties and large-scale desertion from the Congress, particularly in the Rajya Sabha, had a tremendous demoralising effect on the party. This was a reason, perhaps, why successive Congress regimes failed to reform or amend the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937, that might have swivelled the focus on contentious issues, like alimony, instant triple talaq, polygamy and age of consent.continue reading.
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