Monday, June 29, 2009

THE INDIAN ELECTIONS - NEW YORK TIMES


YOU will be proud to be Indian if u read what the NY Times wrote about INDIA after the election


THE INDIAN ELECTIONS - NEW YORK TIMES
 
It is truly the greatest show on Earth, an ode to a diverse and
democratic ethos, where 700 million + of humanity vote, providing
their small part in directing their ancient civilization into the
future. It is no less impressive when done in a neighborhood which
includes de-stabilizing and violent
Pakistan, China, and Burma.
Its challenges are immense, more so probably than anywhere else,
particularly in development and fending off terrorism -- but
considering these challenges and its neighbors, it is even more
astounding that the most diverse nation on Earth, with hundreds of
languages, all religions and cultures, is not only surviving, but
thriving.
The nation where Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism were born,
which is the second largest Muslim nation on Earth; where Christianity
has existed for 2000 years; where the oldest Jewish synagogues and
Jewish communities have resided since the Romans burnt their 2nd
temple; where the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile
reside; where the Zorastrians from
Persia have thrived since being
thrown out of their ancient homeland; where Armenians and Syrians and
many others have to come live; where the Paris-based OECD said was the
largest economy on Earth 1500 of the last 2000 years, including the
2nd largest only 200 years ago; where 3 Muslim Presidents have been
elected, where a Sikh is Prime Minister and the head of the ruling
party
a Catholic Italian woman, where the President is also a woman,
succeeding a Muslim President who as a rocket scientist was a hero in
the nation; where a booming economy is lifting 40 million out of
poverty each year and is expected to have the majority of its population in the
middle class, already equal to the entire
US population, by 2025;
where its optimism and vibrancy is manifested in its movies, arts,
economic growth, and voting, despite all the incredible challenges and
hardships; where all the great powers are vying for influence, as it
itself finds its place in the world.
Where all of this is happening, is
India, and as greater than 1/10 of
humanity gets ready to vote, it is an inspiration to all the World.

— V
Mitchell, New York,


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