In what sense was the Congress an ideological coalition? Mention the various ideological currents present within the Congress.
The Congress Party became a social and ideological coalition for it merged different social groups alongwith their identity holding different beliefs :-
1. It accommodated the revolutionary, conservative, pacifist, radical, extremist and moderates and the rights and the left with all other shades of the centre.
2. Congress became a platform for numerous groups, interests and even political parties to take part in the national movement.
Ideological currents present within the Congress :-
(a) In pre-independence days, many organisations and parties with their own constitutions and organisational structures were allowed to exist within the Congress.
(b) Some of these like “Congress Socialist Party” later seperated from the Congress and became on opposition party.