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Hindu–Yankee bhai bhai - Views on News from Equitymaster
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  • Nov 9, 2000

    Hindu–Yankee bhai bhai

    This election in America has done more than anything else to bring India and USA closer together and has done a lot for the citizens of each nation to appreciate the common heritage that these 2 great nations share. Consider these facts:

    While it is common for Indian wives to get elected based on their husbands who are dead or in jail, that phenomena just occurred in America.

    While Indian elections are known to have their unfair share of booth capturing and rigged voting, the United States faced that problem in the mayoral elections of Miami, Florida a few years ago and, strangely enough, the re-counting is taking place in the state of Florida. Although there is no link to any mafia and no accusations of fake votes as yet, stay tuned.

    Mrs. Gandhi got kicked out of office because she was seen to have misused her powers as a Prime Minister to get re-elected, while there is nothing yet against Governor Bush of Florida (brother of the Presidential nominee George W. Bush), Democrat rival Gore has apparently dispatched 50 lawyers to Florida to study likely irregularities in campaigning.

    While India is known to have many family members of existing politicians get into politics in an attempt to create dynasties, the election of Mrs. Clinton (wife of President Bill Clinton) to the New York Senate has only now begun to follow the age-old Indian tradition of “saathi”, a much more woman-friendlier version of the antiquated “sati”.

    While India has had to deal with coalition politics and “hung” parliaments since 1977, the United States is just getting used to the fact of shared power structures.

    While India has had to suffer economically because of coalitions, the USA economy has flourished due to a strong legislative process: that is about to change and the US dollar could be headed for a significant fall and the Americans will finally know what it is like to have a perpetually weak currency like our own golden Indian Rupee.

    When USA needed help for its technology-led supremacy, India willingly sold its brains to assist the Americans. The US government may now need help to run coalition governments, may the same government willingly deport (sorry, export) all the tens of thousands of minor and major politicians from India to America so Indians can get on with the work of building their country.

    Of all the periods in time that the paths of India and America have crossed and all the times that Indians and Americans knew there was something about their “democracy” that kept the two nations together (but far apart), this election in America has clearly shown that India has tremendous expertise that can help the shattered Americans. The Indian government has done it all before and has made a mastery of the art of messing things up: America needs our help badly now and because we have “been there, seen that, done it”, we are the natural allies of America. Hindu-Yankee bhai, bhai. Jai Hind.



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