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Secularism Has Been Saved By The People Of India

The UPA has won a more convincing victory than I had hoped for: getting close to a majority on its own.

Secularism Has Been Saved By The People Of India
Secularism Has Been Saved By The People Of India
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The UPA has won a more convincing victory than I had hoped for: getting close to a majority on its own. I had hoped, without really believing it, that they would cross 185. Three factors contributed to its victory: Manmohan Singh’s image of a clean and able prime minister, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s vigorous campaign, and the eclipse of the Communists under the negative leadership of Prakash Karat. The Communists could have played a more constructive role in preserving secularism. However, secularism has been saved by the people of India.

The outcome will undoubtedly make the BJP wake up to the bitter reality that its narrow view of communal politics is no longer acceptable to the people. To be a viable opposition, it has to take up issues that really matter and keep the government on its toes.

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