Global Politics

India elections post-Mumbai

(We have seen a lot of anger directed at the Indian government for not preventing these attacks. Is it possible to decipher whether that anger came through in the elections?) The anger hasn't really reflected in the results. These are local elections so I think a lot of people were voting on local issues and not bigger issues like terror or the economy. But the opposition also tried to really politicize the issue of terror, especially after Mumbai. I think that turned people off. They really wanted to see all the parties come together to fight on the issue of terrorism. (What is the knock on effect of these elections for the relationship with Washington?) I think it's in Washington's interest to see a stable government here and if a whole new set of politicians came in, that might destabilize politics in India a bit.

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