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

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Three Cheers for India's Electorate

The verdict in Tamil Nadu is a brilliant expression of the quality of Indian democracy. Votes could not be bought. In West Bengal too while bribing was not part of the scene, issues and the passion of a woman moved the electorate to vote her to office.

Our political landscape will now have four women chief ministers in substantial states. They are similar in one sense, in that they are single women. Three of them are not wives or mothers, nor are they there because they are daughters of a male political heavyweight. While two of them, Mayawati and Jayalalithaa, did emerge out of their association with popular male leaders, and Sheila Dixit as a daughter-in-law of a male political heavyweight, Mamata Banerjee has forged ahead on her own.

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