ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Girish Kumar

Mexico : Long March to Multiparty Democracy

The presidential election of December 2000 represented a turning point bringing to an end seven decades of rule by the PRI and two decades of intermittent economic crises. While president Vicente Fox has continued the reforms of the political and economic system begun by his predecessors, he has been hampered by the downturn in the economy and the fact that old habits of a profligate system based on pelf and privilege are hard to change.


The panchayat elections, held after 20 years and a long court battle, may not immediately make a difference to the quality or nature of governance in the rural areas of the state. But in the interim there has been a change in the way people perceive developmental issues and most importantly, for the first time, people will be able to directly confront those who hold power. This will pave the way for effective people-friendly governance.