News is of a stunning upset in the Indian parliamentary elections. After calling a general election 6 months ahead of schedule, the ruling BJP party, hoping to bank on unprecedented years of economic growth, has conceded defeat. The Prime Minister is resigning and the opposition Congress Party is poised to form a new government.
The Congress Party was held together during the lean years of being out of power by Sonia Gandhi, Italian-born and widow of Rajiv Gandhi. The Nehru dynasty has reasserted its control over the party of Indian independence. The upset, which startled pundits and political observers, is said to be due to a big backlash from rural voters who feel left out of India’s economic growth.
The relative efficiency of the Indian electoral system, composed of millions upon millions of poor voters in a large country, puts our electoral process to shame. We might as well just have the Indians run our Comelec in the future!