Uttar Pradesh: A Golden Boy and a Dynasty Fall from Grace
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  • Verinder Syal

    “Democracy may be the only way a country like this can govern itself, but it remains to be seen whether the increasingly voluble and self confident Indians in the new era will be able to muster effective coalitions for strong and focused action on national problems.”

    The previous system has obviously not worked. It has always been a system based on looking after oneself, looting the public treasury while in power. The only difference now are the players, more diverse, more regional, more diffused.

  • Toni

    “A dirty secret of Indian democracy is the degree to which its effectiveness (such as it is) at the national level depends on non-democratic and even anti-democratic practices at the state and local levels.”

    Like Tammany Hall?

  • Kris

    “it remains to be seen whether the increasingly voluble and self confident Indians in the new era will be able to muster effective coalitions for strong and focused action on national problems.”

    Will Via Meadia be watching?

  • carvaka

    indian election results are hard to predict and easy to misinterpret.
    even, no two indians will agree on why something has happened .

    i don’t think you are right about “feudal landlords”. most of the indian states have gone through various degrees of land reform. so the hold of the landlords has diminished a lot. even in many states big land lords doesn’t even exit any more.

    this is not to say that indians have a post feudal society.

    the rise of the regional parties is not a anti-democratic or non-democratic event. it happened precisely because the big political parties (bjp and congress) are either became dynastic (and hence don’t groom and promote strong regional leaders)or not inclusive enough. so it is seen in india as deepening the democracy.

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