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Friday, 14 May 2004

India sure is an amazing country ...

A democracy, the world's largest, gives election victory to a Party led by a foreign-born leader, Sonia Gandhi. If she becomes Prime Minister (it is not entirely certain, apparently, that she wishes this) she will not even be the first female to hold this post, her mother-in-law Indira Gandhi having held this position herself twice, until she was assasinated, just like her son (and Sonia's husband) Rajiv although not whilst he was actually Prime Minister, which he was too for a while. Not forgetting that Indira Gandhi's father, Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first Prime Minister of an independent India, after it negotiated its freedom with and from former colonial power, the UK, which administered this territory from the India Office.

Of course, India is not without its problems, of various kinds. But there is also room for optimism.

Truly an amazing place ...

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