… and rather spectacularly at that. Dipankar Gupta writes for Outlook:
After the victory of Barack Obama, democracy has again raised its head with considerable swagger. It is true that a dream has been realised in America, and for democracy worldwide. Naturally, comparisons abound, and it has set people thinking everywhere if they could do an Obama in their country too. In India the question that comes up is, who can conceivably be our next Obama? Will it be a Muslim? Or will it be a member of the scheduled caste?
Of the two, religion is a more difficult hurdle to cross.
While the effect of Barack Obama’s election on the African-American community and minorities in general cannot be understated, I’m with the NYT‘s Nicholas Kristoff when he writes:
Barack Obama’s election is a milestone in more than his pigmentation. The second most remarkable thing about his election is that American voters have just picked a president who is an open, out-of-the-closet, practicing intellectual.
The challenge for India is not to come up with a Muslim Prime Minister. The challenge for India is to come up with a Prime Minister who has ideas.