Chintan Shivir comes to an end today: the Cong debates Hindutva, and the party avoids tough words about defeat.

Congress held three-day meeting in Udaipur to discuss issues of religion, culture, economic issues . Decision to decide on Sunday based on inputs from six committees .

The Congress took a categorial stand on Saturday by conducting a videography survey of the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque complex, arguing that no attempt should be made to alter the status of any place of worship.But at the three-day chintan shivir taking place here, the path ahead wasnt so clear.The Udaipur declaration would be finalized on Sunday, based on inputs from six committees, which covered: political issues, organizational challenges, economic issues, social justice, youth and empowerment, and farmers and agriculture.The political challenges committee's sessions were open, and at times even heated.

However, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan pleaded for more ideological clarity.A second member said that Muslims are abandoning the organisation because of its ambiguous position.According to one candidate, trying to respond to the Hindutva is like trying to bat on the BJP's pitch.We must respond as the discussion has erupted, according to one leader, but many agreed that we must avoid making any reference to the Gyanvapi survey, insisting that the Congress did so in 1991.

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram called the Act into question at a press conference, saying: We think all other places of worship should remain in the status they are and are.We should not attempt to alter the status of any place of worship.The Narasimha Rao government chose the Places of Worship Act to avoid such conflict, and another controversial point was the use of the term religion.According to one person, the plan should state that the organization should not abandon religious, cultural, and religious events.

According to a statement by Chavan, the whole point was to place an emphasis on the future rather than on the past.It also recommended that Centre-State relations be reclaimed as a private army, North-East to Jammu and Kashmir, and that a plan be developed.Senior editor Mohan Prakash agreed, saying that there should be a concrete action plan.Manoj C G is a Deputy Associate Editor.He writes about politics.