Indian Voters Make Room for Upstarts

The government is rare that can be kept honest without an effective opposition party, and political diversity is especially necessary in a country like India.

The opposition party needs a reboot.

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When India’s venerable Congress Party won just 44 seats in the 545-member lower house of parliament in last May's national elections, thousands of hand-wringing, head-holding party members were forced to acknowledge what millions of Indian voters had long told themselves: The leadership of their president, Sonia Gandhi, and her cosseted son, Rahul, was suffocating the country, and the era of dynastic politics in India needed to end. 

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