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Best Regards

Sayantan Chakravarty


As India goes to poll for the second time in the 21st century, election pundits remain coy. Not surprising, given the prediction debacle of 2004. The braggadocio of forecasting clear winners is gone, the pundits are a mellowed lot today. No one is giving a clear majority to any single national party, irrespective of whether India is shining or not.

As has been the case now for several elections, any one of three results is possible. A Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) making a return to power, a possibility that many are willing to go with given the performance of the party at the November-December 2008 assembly elections in three states. The second possibility is that the BJP leads fractured coalition partners of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and forms Government. The third, of course, is about the Third Front coming to power if there is a hung Parliament, a situation that is tailor made for opportunist politicians and fence-sitters willing to cobble together a partnership of convenience. And there are many such, frankly, out there.

In our cover story we examine the possibilities and of the likely king (even queen) makers, and the main contenders for leading the country into the second decade of the 21st century.

We’ve a no-holds barred interview with the articulate J.C. Sharma, the author of the high level committee report on the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the main uniting event for the Indian diaspora globally.

GOPIO President Inder Singh continues with his column on the Indian diaspora in the USA. We also have a well researched report on the food shortage in the USA by Rakesh Krishnan Simha. In our history section that we’ve started out this issue, we have a piece on Mahatma Gandhi and his stint with the ambulance corp in South Africa just before the Boers War.

Happy reading.

Sayantan Chakravarty

Consulting Editor
Rakesh K. Simha

Contributing Editors
Vatsala Kaul, Dinesh Raheja, Indrani Talukdar (all India), Srikanth Beldona, Dharminder Diwan, Arnelle Hartenstein (all US), Monica Kapoor (New Zealand), Ramesh Mathew (Qatar)

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