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Shock and awe

Amir Ullah Khan | May 27, 2009
Election results in India and what it says for the future of the IT industry of the country

What we saw was that the nuclear deal was given the place it deserved. It was a simple treaty that gives the electricity sector one more alternative to Hydel and thermal power. Once the environmental issues are tackled, it serves as a neat means of providing a few more megawatts of electricity to a nation challenged by huge shortages in power generation. The Muslim vote bank was supposed to sense sinister designs on the part of the US in signing this deal. It was in some weird manner supposed to be the precursor to the US wreaking havoc on Iran and emboldening Israel. The voter, by all indications, simply ignored this sophistry.

Thirdly, the issue with our neighbours. Tamil Nadu was supposed to vote on developments in Sri Lanka. The Tamil voter was, according to a lot of experts, watching the scenario building up in Colombo, and was not going to spare the Indian politician who would appear to be neglecting the Eelam issue. The Sri Lankan army launched a blitzkrieg and the Indian state did not intervene in what was indeed an internal affair aimed at bringing stability and ending another terror machine. The voter again did not disappoint and instead voted for what were issues clearly closer home.

On the western front, Pakistan went from bad to worse. The Indian state reacted in its own unique style. It ensured the democratic process in Pakistan did not get damaged, but went about systematically isolating the country in the world arena. Putting unprecedented pressure on allies and foes, India succeeded in many ways in focusing global attention on terror in various areas and therefore the state machinery there would eventually go on a strong offensive against terror factories. The Muslim voter in India was supposed to react angrily and vote against this arm twisting. Once gain the infamous vote bank ignored this and voted in favour of the party responsible for having worked hard in forcing Pakistans hand to act decisively in its terror-affected areas.

Good governance pays

The simple truth that emerges is that good governance pays. Individual members of parliament were re-elected in constituencies they respected. The Shining India campaign worked against the BJP last time that talked of their achievements in the five years in power then and tried to brush existing problems under the carpet. It was the same consistent growth that won the election this time for the Congress, which only fine tuned the Shining India campaign a bit and focused more on inclusion than on growth. The party, however, did not fail to underline the five years of steep economic success, while acknowledging the poverty that needs to be tackled and the recovery that needs to be catalysed.


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