Jan 20, 2014

India’s new dawn? A fresh leader captures hearts ahead of poll

There's a mood for change in India, a sign the long rule of the Indian National Congress is coming to an end. But is the alternative PM up to the task? Freelance correspondent Alys Francis reports from Delhi.

At the sprawling colonial headquarters of the ruling Indian National Congress party in Delhi, dozens of reporters camp by the lawn, waiting for a sound byte or scribbled quote. The political beat has taken on the fervour of a Hunger Games death match as the largest democracy in the world — with 1.2 billion people and 543 constituencies — gears up for national elections, expected by May.

Having ruled for the last decade, Congress mouthpieces are doggedly putting up a positive front. “We in the Congress party believe that we will be able to form a government, and with the UPS structure, with our alliance partners, we will be successful,” secretary and spokesman Tom Vadakkan said from his small, modestly furnished office.

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2 thoughts on “India’s new dawn? A fresh leader captures hearts ahead of poll

  1. paddy

    Pretty good summary. Thanks Alys.

  2. AR

    So much for “the world’s largest democracy”. Over 1.2B people yet they need to rely on a dynastic succession. The caste system is alive and loathsome.

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