THE INDIAN ELECTIONS – NEW YORK TIMES


It is truly the greatest show on Earth, an ode to a diverse
and
 democratic ethos, where 700 million +
of humanity vote, providing
 their small part in directing their
ancient civilization into the
 future. It is no less impressive when
done in a neighbourhood, which
 includes de-stabilizing and violent
Pakistan, China, and Burma.
 
 Its challenges are immense, more so
probably than anywhere else,
 particularly in development and fending
off terrorism — but
 considering these challenges and its neighbours,
it is even more
 astounding that the most diverse nation
on Earth, with hundreds of
 languages, all religions and cultures,
is not only surviving, but
 thriving.
 
 The nation where Hinduism, Buddhism,
Jainism, and Sikhism were born,
 which is the second largest Muslim
nation on Earth; where Christianity
 has existed for 2000 years; where the
oldest Jewish synagogues and
 Jewish communities have resided since
the Romans burnt their 2nd
 temple; where the Dalai Lama and the
Tibetan government in exile
 reside; where the Zoroastrians from
Persia have thrived since being
 thrown out of their ancient homeland;
where Armenians and Syrians and
 many others have to come live; where
the Paris-based OECD said was the
 largest economy on Earth 1500 of the
last 2000 years, including the
 2nd largest only 200 years ago; where 3
Muslim Presidents have been
 elected, where a Sikh is Prime Minister
and the head of the ruling
 party a Catholic Italian woman, where
the President is also a women,
 succeeding a Muslim President who as a
rocket scientist was a hero in
 the nation; where a booming economy is
lifting 40 million out of
 poverty each year and is expected to
have the majority of its population in the
 middle class, already equal to the
entire US population, by 2025;
 where its optimism and vibrancy is
manifested in its movies, arts,
 economic growth, and voting, despite
all the incredible challenges and
 hardships; where all the great powers
are vying for influence, as it
 itself finds its place in the world.
 
 Where all of this is happening, is
India, and as greater than 1/10 of
 humanity gets ready to vote, it is an
inspiration to all the World.
 
 — V Mitchell, New York, NY

 

This is great reporting. This is how I would have summed it
to demonstrate the oldest, largest and the
greatest democracy and the most diverse nation on Earth "directing their most ancient civilization into the future."

 

This is beyond compare.  V Mitchell’s report is the
best news from which our community here can thus be enthused to
‘repeat the business’ turning up and turning out at 60% + to vote this time in
the Euro Elections and especially in the General Election which not so far.

Anant

 

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