Lessons for India from US Elections

Lessons for India from US Elections


Nov 07


Posted by: CS Shilpi Thapar

English: Barack Obama delivering his electoral...
English: Barack Obama delivering his electoral victory speech on Election Night ´08, in Grant Park, Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s a great victory for Mr. Barack Obama! A mind-boggling show. He is re-elected as President of the United States of America by winning elections against Mr. Romney by very few votes. It was really a very hard-fought campaign and elections.

I was listening to the speech of Mr. Mitt Romney and was highly impressed by noticing his attitude when he was defeated by very few votes.  Indeed, it was a very painful moment for Mr. Romney, but he began saying, “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much.I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations.His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters.This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. “He also added, “The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work.”

I wish our Indian leaders to have such professional spirit when they lose elections. There are only scams, political bickering, and false promises given by our leaders.

I really appreciate American system of conducting elections. I would like to highlight few provisions which is remarkable and Indian Government should adopt it:

  1. In India, Government officers and teachers conduct elections where in America, qualified election judges are appointed.
  2.  Most states in America give right to its citizens to vote very early. Voting goes on for even a month which is not the case in India.
  3. In America, polls just conduct from any where i.e from showrooms, garages, police stations, libraries and polling day are a working day where as in India, schools, colleges and government offices are converted into polling stations and polling day is declared as Holiday making it a very big event for the country.

 All the best to Mr. Barack Obama and hope to have better America- India’s equation in the future esp. in IT and legal outsourcing field.

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  • Sonia Jaspal

    November 8, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply |

    It is very rare in India where politicians publicly gracefully accept victory or defeat. Lack of manners, I would say.


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