US Presidential Elections: American Dream & Indian Reality

Terror became a serious problem to warrant launching of “war” against it ( the term was used for the first time only in September 2001 by then US President George Bush) only when the Twin Towers in New York City were attacked. India had been a victim of terror for decades prior but had to fend against it alone.

Majoritarianism was so illiberal and anti-democratic that India was lectured about its vice but becomes a legitimate basis of the claim to undermine the legal process to elect the President of United States despite the system being consciously so devised by the framers of the American Constitution and there being four earlier instances of such an event happening.

Illiteracy and consequent improbability of a functional democracy was often used to pillory India’s democratic credentials but the elite and the educated do not control the electoral results even in the United States.

Tolerance was taught to India,  a society far more diverse and multicultural than the United States, but extreme intolerance to an outcome is being celebrated in a manner which will shame the most intolerant of societies.

Nostalgia for a hoary past was denounced as regressive in India but invocation of that nostalgia propelled a candidate to be the President of the country.

The frustrations towards a system which denied majority of Indians both voice and rights became a communal issue in India despite the American experience showing it is just a secular reaction of sapient and sentient population to problems of every day life the religion of those suffering an inane element having no relevance to the reaction.

India was mocked for its elitism and derided as a feudal set-up masquerading as democracy but it are the privileged and the elite who are mocking democracy in the United States.

The unity of India was made subject of ridicule. But see the deep divisions in the so-called cohesion of an apparently well-integrated society.

And viability of Indian institutions was often doubted but there has never been an instance when the results of a national election, no matter how unfavourable, were ever demurred to, or contested or disregarded in this country.

Its a no-contest between and American Dream and the Indian Reality!