Democracy triumphs (Column: Spy’s Eye)

The parliamentary election in the world’s largest democracy was watched by all countries, big and small, for reasons that are not far to seek: the likely impact on India’s rising profile at the global level, the manner in which an extraordinary amount of dirt was kicked up by the opposition – itself divided by caste, creed and region – against the Modi government making the outsiders wonder about the levels to which the public discourse could dip here and the unparalleled scale of management of the polls in a country of India’s size that was once again tested for the Central Election Commission’s competence and firmness.

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