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What India's voters didn't do

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

The Hindu nationalist rallying call, politics based on caste and the insular left fail to receive much support, says Barbara Crossette ...Read the full article

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  1. Tax Payer from Canada writes:
    It is the same monitory government as previous one. India has missed golden opportunity for the reforms during the past prosperous decade. The world economy was booming with ample money supply back then, but little has been done for its poor infrastructure, severe shortage of electricity, growing trade and budgetary deficits, poverty and illiteracy. After this recession, the world economy will be flat and competitive with shrinking investments.
  2. Republic of Saturn from Canada writes:
    Yeah, it's a puzzle that India is always a few steps lagged behind others.

    They declared to be a nuclear weapon state at 1998, after all powers banning the nuke test, kind of joking.

    Hard to understand what Indian politicians are thinking.
  3. Michael B from Canada writes: People anywhere in the developing world, given a free election, prove over and over how good their instincts are and how shrewdly they vote for what a country needs.
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    Well.... no. Canada has twice elected (although without a majority, it's true) a very poor instinct for good leadership. They've gone with the visionless bully over those with far better credentials / morals & values
  4. Glynn W from Canada writes: Michael B from Canada writes: People anywhere in the developing world, given a free election, prove over and over how good their instincts are and how shrewdly they vote for what a country needs.
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    Well.... no. Canada has twice elected (although without a majority, it's true) a very poor instinct for good leadership. They've gone with the visionless bully over those with far better credentials / morals & values
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    Hear hear!
  5. Jesu Pifco from Canada writes: Tax Payer,

    Actually (as they say in India) some State and Municipal jurisdictions have been spending money on infrastructure during the good times, some via international loans and others through increased tax revenues. No doubt in the current downturn the pace has slowed. The Sensex initially gained 13% on the election results so a much stronger and less faceted minority government might be able to make better progress if the upturn continues. However, if you know India you will understand that the task is truly daunting.
  6. Dean k from Canada writes:
    India’s economy is under 4 % this year. According to business week last year report (before recession), its slow GDP will trigger the balance and payment problems. In facts, little has been done for its bad infrastructure in the past decades. The higher cost of maintenance for infrastructure will be even more challenges for India!

    http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/jul2008/gb2008071_743900.htm

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