May 13, 2004
Ghandi Returns to Power
Posted by Gordon Smith

Sonia Ghandi, that is. The widow of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia has done something no one could have expected: she led the Indian National Congress back to power in India. The New York Times story notes that she has not yet decided whether to become the Prime Minister -- some Indians object to the idea of a non-Indian at the helm -- but this is a huge story regardless.

When I was in India earlier this year, several of my hosts spoke about Sonia. Invariably, they downplayed her influence on contemporary India. In my view, there is one huge positive from this: more religious tolerance, at least at an official level. The two big uncertainties: economic reform (began with Congress in 1991, but will they pursue further reforms?) and Pakistan (who knows how this affects that volatile situation).

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