Friday, May 14, 2004

What does the world have to say on the Indian Election Results?

Salman Rushdie in the Washington Post - not afraid to call a spade a spade

The Christian Science Monitor says
For the masses of poor in China who resent being left out of their nation's rush to riches, often the only choice is to revolt. In India, by contrast, the poor can vote.
The election taught India's leaders not to neglect the prosaic tasks of bringing roads and power to villages as they also grow its sophisticated knowledge industries, such as software.

The BBC quoting Ashutosh Varshney, a political science professor at UMich:
He reckons the middle and richer urban classes, the beneficiaries of economic reforms and the greatest supporters of the BJP, "stayed home", whereas the less privileged and the minorities "stepped out in large numbers to vote".
The NY Times says:
The Indian National Congress, led by Sonia Gandhi, the widow of Rajiv Gandhi, the former prime minister, capitalized on the widespread discontent to emerge as the single largest party.
The same article shows us a taste of things to come - the "king maker" Communists trying to force their outdated, "we are in the wrong century" ideas already, with
Sitaram Yechury, a top Communist leader, said the ministry that is overseeing the privatization of state-owned industries should be disbanded.
Hopefully we will get something a little better than that!!

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