The Congress’ revival in the three Hindi-speaking states that have just voted is perhaps the biggest and important development of the past couple of years. In Gujarat, the party tried hard but eventually only won that much-mocked “moral victory”. In Karnataka, it held on to power thanks to timely alliance-building and its sacrifice of the chief minister’s post. But here, in a head-to-head with Modi’s BJP, it has demonstrated that it is still a contender. The Congress, the Grand Old Party, declared dead on departure in 2014, has risen once again from the grave to which we had all consigned it.