Man Of The Moment : It’s a mandate that has surprised all, including Congress. Result: Manmohan Singh becomes only the second Prime Minister after Jawahar Lal Nehru to be re-elected to the chair
People of India have delivered a clear verdict, In the highly polarized and seemingly unpredictable general election of 2009 at a historic threshold of coalition politics in the country, the Indian people have given a clear-cut thoughtful verdict by voting for stability, predictability and moderation. Indians have clearly opted for the centrist views in politics, diplomacy and economy. While taking up the challenge to seek a renewed mandate from the people, the Congress projected Dr Manmohan Singh as the persona of predictability and stability in national politics. Sonia Gandhi provided much-needed balance in the Congress’s public discourses. The Congress duo has obtained a pan Indian approval. Nobody can doubt that after reading the much-awaited numbers.
India is alive and young; the nation is full of optimism. The world is looking at India with respect and hope to provide qualitative leadership in science and technology. Ever y night, young radiologists in Bangalore read CT scans e-mailed to them by emergency-room doctors in the U.S. Few modern Americans are surprised to find that their dentist or lawyer is of Indian origin, or are shocked to hear how vital Indians have been to California’s high-tech industry. In ways big and small, Indians are changing the world.
That’s possible because India–the second most populous nation in the world, and projected to be by 2015 the most populous–is itself being transformed. Writers like to attach catchy tags to nations, which is why you have read plenty about the rise of Asian tigers and the Chinese dragon. Now here comes the elephant. India’s economy is growing more than 8% a year, and the country is modernizing so fast that old friends are bewildered by the changes that occurred be- tween visits. The major credit of writing the entire script goes to present Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, though India is fortunate to have successive quality leadership in late Rajiv Gandhi, late PV Narsimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee since last three decades. All the leaders formulated developmental policy for the nation resulting in major surge in Indian position globally.
The Congress-led incumbent government has got such a convincing mandate that it is well-placed to provide a stronger government than it provided from 2004 to 2009. People can heave a sigh of relief that a period of political stability lies ahead for five years. The Congress will talk about inclusive growth as it did last time, but in the coming days the stock ex- change will have reasons to rejoice as the Left parties are out of New Delhi’s power structure.
The Prakash Karat-led era of Left dominance in New Delhi is ending on a highly controversial and humiliating note. No doubt, the Communist Par ty of India- Marxist is being rocked to its very foundations. A historic turning point is at hand for the Indian Left, comparable in magnitude to the split in 1964. For the conceivable future, the CPI-M will be forced into a mood of introspection and a painful course correction.
In sum, the quintessence of Election 2009 lies is that India still remains what it always has been through millennia — a centrist country of people who opt for moderation and balance, especially in troubled times in their tumultuous history. Indian electorate have elected this government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh to fight economic downtrend, hostile border states promoting rouge ideologies and terrorism, growing naxal trouble challenging internal security and to counter corruption in public life to make government apparatus more transparent.
– Prashant Tewari (Writer is Editor , Opinion Express Group)