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India’s Ruling Party Set for Decisive Victory
The New York Times ^ | May 16, 2009 | SOMINI SENGUPTA

Posted on 05/16/2009 5:46:22 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

India’s Ruling Party Set for Decisive Victory

By SOMINI SENGUPTA Published: May 16, 2009

NEW DELHI — The ruling Indian National Congress was poised Saturday to soar to a surprisingly decisive victory in India’s parliamentary elections, sidelining small, regional party bosses and potentially diminishing the power of communists who had been largely responsible for blocking economic reforms over the last five years.

With the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party conceding defeat by early afternoon, the apparent Congress landslide signals the possibility of a stable and strong government in the face of stiff challenges: a sharp slowdown in economic growth, abiding poverty and instability in the region, including in Pakistan.

By mid-afternoon, the Congress-led coalition was projected to be leading in 248 of 543 parliamentary seats, according to the state-owned television broadcaster, Doordarshan, with 162 for the coalition headed by the opposition B.J.P. A third alliance, launched by a collection of communist parties, reported a lead in only 60 seats. Final results were due later in the day.

“We have got the numbers now to form a stable government,” Prithviraj Chavan, a Congress minister, declared on television. A smaller vote share would have led to protracted and difficult political horse-trading with necessary allies and engendered a potentially weak and ineffectual government — a prospect that had worried political observers at home and analysts and investors abroad.

The incumbent Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was expected to continue in office. Not since the country’s founding prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, has an incumbent prime minister finished a full five year term in office and been returned to power.

Congress’s appeals to the rural poor paid off, including a massive public jobs program in the countryside, higher government prices for staple grains, and a costly loan waiver program for indebted farmers.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bjp; india; manmohansingh; pakistan
Amit Gupta/Reuters

Congress Party supporters celebrated on Saturday in Jammu, India.

1 posted on 05/16/2009 5:46:23 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
...diminishing the power of the communists, who had been largely responsible for blocking economic reforms the last five years...

I'm jealous.

2 posted on 05/16/2009 5:52:24 AM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Singh is a very good leader. The Paki’s will not be happy...but I am! It is very good to see India is moving in the correct direction.


3 posted on 05/16/2009 6:13:17 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: WellyP

Pretty unexpected win for the Congress and arguably it’s biggest in decades. The ironic thing is that most of the Congress’s gains came against the Communists, who will back to being what they have always been-the barking brigade.


4 posted on 05/16/2009 6:22:41 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

That looks like Chaguanas, Trinidad!


5 posted on 05/16/2009 6:32:37 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: WellyP

” It is very good to see India is moving in the correct direction.”

I agree. Since dropping the socialist model for governing, India has poised itself to be a major economic power.


6 posted on 05/16/2009 6:37:21 AM PDT by yazoo (was)
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To: yazoo

The rest of the world seems to be abandoning communism yet we are headed that direction with more and maore americans want it. unreal


7 posted on 05/16/2009 6:48:40 AM PDT by ground_fog
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To: ground_fog

“The rest of the world seems to be abandoning communism yet we are headed that direction with more and maore americans want it. unreal”

It is mindboggling, isn’t it? Only those who have experienced communism truly know how evil it is.


8 posted on 05/16/2009 6:53:31 AM PDT by yazoo (was)
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To: yazoo

As well as those, who have PROPERLY LEARNED about how all “leftist politics” works, throughout the entire world.


9 posted on 05/16/2009 7:43:34 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Sukhoi, did you see Yechurys face on TV? Priceless. He is still dazed. I wish I cound see both the Karats’ faces too!

Somnath Chatterjee is calling for Karats head. Commies turning on their own - yayyyy!

Now they are irrelevant, no one except NDTV (owned by Brinda Karats’ sister) will want to interview them or ask their opinion on anything. They will not be missed.


10 posted on 05/16/2009 9:35:43 AM PDT by IndianChief
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To: sukhoi-30mki

We need India.


11 posted on 05/16/2009 10:10:11 AM PDT by dr_who
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To: IndianChief

So Indian communists own the means of (television)production?


12 posted on 05/16/2009 12:21:32 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Future haven for American conservatives?


13 posted on 05/16/2009 12:56:11 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("Let 'em learn the hard way, 'cause teaching them is more trouble than they're worth,")
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To: RWB Patriot

Not really.. the party which has just won power, is essentially run on an NGO, hippie agenda. The real center-right combine, the National Democratic Alliance, is who George Bush really got along with, and the people we really should be doing business with.


14 posted on 05/16/2009 1:58:00 PM PDT by ketelone
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To: dr_who
We need India.

We sure do.

15 posted on 05/16/2009 2:00:20 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: ketelone

>>the party which has just won power, is essentially run on an NGO, hippie agenda

Uh, Okeydokie.

PM Manmohan Singh a hippie? Just becuz he’s got long hair under that turban, I doubt a former financial minister, architect of the economic rising tide of India, is one.

As a Sikh, doubt he’s a vegetarian, either, lol.


16 posted on 05/16/2009 2:53:26 PM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: 1010RD

The “means” of TV production?

That’s some quaint Marxist rhietoric you got there. Quite the absolutist question. But, the short answer, no.

Just one channel out of dozens, and the political proclivities of family members can be rather trying.
And just one TV show out of so many.


17 posted on 05/16/2009 2:56:31 PM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

>>against the Communists, who will back to being what they have always been-the barking brigade.

Back to no bite now, too, thank you very much.

All in all, a good show, finally a real decisive outcome.


18 posted on 05/16/2009 2:58:20 PM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
...sidelining small, regional party bosses and potentially diminishing the power of communists who had been largely responsible for blocking economic reforms over the last five years. With the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party conceding defeat by early afternoon, the apparent Congress landslide signals the possibility of a stable and strong government in the face of stiff challenges: a sharp slowdown in economic growth, abiding poverty and instability in the region, including in Pakistan.

19 posted on 05/16/2009 7:49:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: IndianChief

The Commmies goofed up from the moment Karat took the reins-He’s probably not even won a high school election. They had a chance to live up to their claims to be different-but their policies at the centre and in West Bengal exposed them. To be honest, all the losers in this election need to start reinventing themselves-parties like the Congress,DMK and even the JD-U did just that and reaped the dividends.


20 posted on 05/16/2009 9:44:42 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: ketelone

As several people have said before-there is really no classical left-right divide in Indian politics, all the more so now that coalitions are the norm.

And I believe GWB got all pretty well with Manmohan Singh and strategic cooperation peaked, even when he had to depend on Communist support....


21 posted on 05/16/2009 9:52:13 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
start reinventing themselves-parties like the Congress,DMK and even the JD-U did just that and reaped the dividends.

IMHO, Nitish Kumar has not re-invented the JD(U). He has, as usual, done terrific work in a system which was ruined and rotten to the core. He is an honest and efficient administrator and has turned Bihar around. Even the Congress cabinet ministers were loath to disturb him.

All the huzzas that Lallu Yadav got as Railways Minister were in fact due to the solid foundation laid by Nitish Kumar as the previous Railways Minister in the NDA govt. Lallu only took the credit. In fact, Railway finances are currently in a very precarious position now because fares have not been increased over 5 yrs now, and the freight market on which it was cross-subsidised, is in a tail-spin. Lalu will leave at an oppurtune time, leaving the rotten mess for the next minister.

22 posted on 05/16/2009 11:48:06 PM PDT by IndianChief
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To: RWB Patriot

“Future haven for American conservatives?”

You have to live there as a full time resident for 18 years before you can start the citizenship process. They live next door to muslims with nuclear weapons and south of China. They have a large indigenous muslim population.

Sadly, it may be the best alternative.


23 posted on 05/17/2009 12:23:11 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: swarthyguy

Being that Im told that he really isnt the one that sets any agenda in the Indian government, what he is, and what he isnt, hardly matters. He dances to the tunes of another.


24 posted on 05/17/2009 2:37:33 AM PDT by ketelone
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It’s interesting to note that Israeli and Indian security/military/intelligence cooperation has grown tremendously in the past few years.

1) Israel could be putting some eggs in the Indian basket should America desert them (possible with Obama)

2) Israel can (possibly) be providing/sharing very powerful intel on Pakistan/Iran and other terrorism interests of India. perhaps they work a “sandwich” effect between the region (Israel on the west—India on the east—Iran/Iraq/Pakistan in the middle)

3) India has permitted Israel to launch satellite’s into space. perhaps other elements of Israeli military train/base there. an example could be Israeli nuke subs/ships.

4) Israeli Sayeret Merkal forces have trained Indian-anti-terror forces

5) India and Israel share mutual interests. The question is if Israel can be valuable enough to India that India would help defend Israel if America wouldn’t


25 posted on 05/17/2009 4:41:27 AM PDT by Jaysin
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To: IndianChief

In a way, he has carved out a niche for the JD-U, almost independent of the BJP, unlike other NDA allies. This is in addition to reducing the criminal elements that are the norm in most parties over there. The JD-U now wears a more cohesive look as a political party unlike the revolving door groups like the BSP or RJD. And most impressive is the fact that the party does not appear to be the fiefdom of any particular person and has spread its appeal to all groups in the state, even Muslims, despite being allied with the BJP. That’s why I say he’s reinvented the JD-U.


26 posted on 05/17/2009 8:34:48 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Jaysin

I frankly don’t think Israel needs overt India’s help to fight its enemies. The Indian military’s long range capabilities are pretty modest.


27 posted on 05/17/2009 9:24:41 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: ketelone

>>Being that Im told that he really isnt the one that sets any agenda in the Indian government

Uh, OK. Is is the Zionists, the Comintern, or the Bilderbergers doing the agenda setting.


28 posted on 05/18/2009 10:27:13 AM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: swarthyguy

I thought that Marxist rhetoric was funny. Like ironic.


29 posted on 05/18/2009 3:38:06 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: swarthyguy

Im actually told its the Italians... :)


30 posted on 05/18/2009 9:51:45 PM PDT by ketelone
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To: 1010RD

>>ironic.

That is like, so Twentieth Century, dude.


31 posted on 05/19/2009 11:17:29 AM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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