Despite important differences, there are remarkable parallels in the recent electoral victories in the US and India. Indeed, the outcome of India's elections may be no less transformational than the election of Barack Hussein Obama in America.
After the BJP lost the general election in 2004 this first person account of interaction with the BJP was published in a magazine now defunct to explain why the BJP lost. It predicted that in its present shape the BJP will never return to power. The
In many ways, the immediate significance of the election lies less in what it promises, than in what it averted--a crazy quilt government comprised of regional and caste-based parties incapable of fashioning a coherent national agenda.
In this season of extreme flattery, it will serve Rahul Gandhi some good if he sang like the chorus in Sophocles' 'Antigone,' recalled saint-poet Purandara Dasa and also read his great-grandfather meticulously
The surprise electoral outcome provides the new regime an opportunity to implement its pledge of a 'zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism' and to 'guarantee the maximum possible security to each and every citizen'.
There has been a lot of discussion going on for the last 12 hours or more in the pro-Hindutva web sites in India and abroad about the stunning failure of the BJP to do well in the just-concluded elections to the Lok Sabha, and the dramatic success of
Winning 9 out of 10 seats, Hooda has beaten anti incumbency, silenced his detractors within the party and left the Om Prakash Chautala led Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in tatters. BJP would have to console itself with 3 out of 4 in HP