Please remember - not all Americans are Democrats or Republicans, neither all Indians support Indian National congress party or Bharatiya Janata Party. The supporters of each party will accuse the other, some don't even understand democracy like our former President Bush "either you are with us or against us". Many a Indians do not understand democracy either if such non-sense comes out of their mouths when some one differs with them. If you hold grudges against the other for differing in a civil dialogue, then you really have not understood democracy. In a true democracy, we learn to respect the otherness of others without having to agree with each other. To find solutions we have to understand the otherness of others and their motivations.
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This article is at: http://mikeghouseforindia.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-primer-on-indias-parliamentary.html
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A Primer on India’s Parliamentary Elections
Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press
Over the next five weeks, Indians will take part in what is considered the world’s largest democratic exercise. Malavika Vyawahare, a reporter for India Ink, answers some basic questions about the election:
The current administration, led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the Congress party, has not made improving relations with Pakistan a priority as domestic issues have kept the government occupied.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has made it clear that it would respond firmly to any Chinese territorial aggression, but Mr. Modi is also mindful of India’s economic ties with China. No matter which party is in charge, India is likely to avoid jeopardizing economic relations with China, which has emerged as a key trading partner and potential investor.
In recent years, both European and American envoys have met with Mr. Modi as he modeled himself as an investor-friendly politician. And with his strong following among Indian-Americans, business ties between the United States and India would likely grow.
But the next prime minister, regardless of party, will face strained relations with the United States. An Indian diplomat was arrested on visa fraud charges in December and later indicted, which set off a furor in India.
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A few of my articles :
- India's future and moving forward - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/indias-future-narendra-mo_b_4177079.html
- India's experiment in clean politics - http://mikeghouseforindia.blogspot.com/2014/03/indias-experiment-with-clean-politics.html
- Time for Modi to soften up - http://mikeghouseforindia.blogspot.com/2014/03/its-time-modi-shows-strength-in-softness.html
- Modi's Nakshatras are not in his favor -http://www.opednews.com/articles/Narendra-Modi-s-Nakshatras-by-Mike-Ghouse-Anti-christian_Bharatiya-Janata-Party_Business_Congress-131227-999.html