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The Gandhi Dynasty Helped Found India. It Is Now in Demise

Amid the Bharatiya Janata Party’s landslide victory in India’s parliamentary elections, one result stood out, in the town of Amethi, near the border with Nepal. There, the family that has dominated Indian politics since the country’s independence more than 70 years ago suffered a humiliating blow: Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the opposition Congress Party, lost his seat.

Read Here – The Atlantic

India And Modi: The Honeymoon Continues.

Picture courtesy: PIB

Picture courtesy: PIB

Two years into his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to ride a wave of public good feeling about the way things are going in India, the state of the domestic economy and his own stewardship of the country.

Read Here – Pew Research

Rumble, Tumble, Mumble…

Just one year after it folded its government after a mere 49 days at the helm of the city-state of Delhi, the upstart Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stormed to victory in fresh state elections, capturing a historic 67 of 70 seats on offer. The victory is a blow to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and represents another nail in the coffin of the once dominant Indian National Congress.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Is It The End Of Road For India’s Congress?

Without the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty—virtually synonymous with the party since 1969, when Indira Gandhi led a band of loyalists out of the original Congress that helped India win independence from Britain some two decades earlier—Indian politics will likely become less feudal and more meritocratic. And Asia’s third largest economy may finally junk the last vestiges of the Nehruvian socialism that helped keep it poor, and the foreign-policy doctrine of nonalignment that placed it at odds with its natural allies in the democratic West, writes Sadanand Dhume

Read Here – The National Interest

In India, A Prime Minster Aspirant Runs His Own Race

In Varanasi, where the BJP leader hopes to win his one of his seats in parliament, missed calls and unsolicited volunteers shape a crucial race.

Read Here – The Atlantic

The Scion Has Time

The hopes of India’s Congress party rest on the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, heir to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, which has dominated Indian politics for decades.

Read Here – BBC

In India, Don’t Believe The Opinion Polls

In examining these polls, however, observers ought to be mindful of the fact that election polling in India is a notoriously unreliable exercise. It suffers from the political biases of the polling agencies and news outlets that produce the polls.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Battle Between Two Futures

Late this spring, India will hold its 16th general election. The vote will pit the forces of progressivism, which celebrate cultural and social pluralism and promote equity and good governance but appears singularly incapable of policy implementation, against the forces of cultural and religious nationalism, which promote rapid economic growth and political order but show little regard for social justice, religious and ethnic minorities, or the rule of law. The outcome of the battle could very well reshape the world’s largest democracy

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Indian Prime Minister Says No More…

See how it panned out:

Whodunnit – Indian Express

A Conference of Banquo’s 3 Ghosts – Asian Age

Sting In The Tail – FirstPost

Kindness Of History – The Telegraph, Kolkata


The Strange Case Of Manmohan Singh

In the abstract, it’s hard to imagine a situation under which a leader retires after a decade-long tenure under which more than 137 million people were lifted out of poverty and be generally considered a disappointing failure, but that’s exactly the situation facing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who officially announced today, as had been widely expected, that he will be retiring after this year’s elections.

Read Here – Slate

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