The giant in a maze


Whoever wins the Indian elections in 2014 will find themselves governing a country riddled with political, economic, social and strategic problems. Given the general lack of respectable and reliable candidates, the victory of Sonia Gandhi’s children, Rahul and Priyanka, becomes more likely with each passing day.

Atough challenge awaits New Delhi these days: the 2014 general elections. For the first time in history, three parties could be in contention for the subcontinent’s leadership. Firstly, there’s the conservative National Congress Party, dominated by the Nehru–Gandhi family, which has led the nation (practically) non-stop since its independence. Then there are nationalists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Indian People’s Party, which led the country between 1998 and 2004, thanks to charismatic former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Lastly, a coalition of regional leaders may well put itself forward for election, although it has not yet
been defined in any detail.

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