Sunday, May 31, 2009


A very interesting article has been published in THE NEW YORK TIMES regarding Indian Elections. It shows as to how does the world, especially the west, looks at us as a Super nation...We are a class apart. Only we, the people of India can make our democracy stronger............................................

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


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 OE CD 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 woman,

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
B K Chowlaa

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