It is a political first in India in 24 years.
The main opposition Congress now has a head from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has dominated the party since independence in 1947 and given India three prime ministers.
The centrist party held an election and chose Mallikarjun Kharge, a veteran politician and former minister who has led the party in parliament.
The Congress’ support has fallen sharply as prime minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing BJP dominates the political space.
So can a non-Gandhi leader take on Modi with national elections due in 2024?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
K.S. Sabarinadhan – vice-president of the Congress party’s youth wing in Kerala and a former member of the regional legislature
Sugata Srinivasaraju – columnist and author who has written a biography of former Indian prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda
Javed Ansari – journalist and political commentator
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