Saturday, April 26, 2008

Fudging the numbers as see fit

Analyzing democratic elections become very complicated when there are more than two parties involved. Coalition politics makes it difficult for any person with average mathematical skills to predict the winner of an election.
Thus, the CPM led left front can claim victory despite having won a bit more than 10% of the total seats. However the same rules do not apply to neighboring countries like say, Nepal. Sure the Maoists have passed in flying colors, learning how to rig democratic elections from their friends from the country bordering the north and comrades from a southern state. However the Chindu decides to not apply the same rules here. Read this article,
The Chindu's hatchet man in this case Siddharth Varadarajan, rants that the US is preventing the Maoists from forming the government. But in the article the evidence given is,
According to political and diplomatic sources, the U.S. ambassador in Kathmandu, Nancy Powell, is “actively pushing” the idea that Girija Prasad Koirala should continue as Prime Minister.

Then the article meanders to rant at how the Nepali Congress with a 100 seats is preventing the Maoists(who do not have a majority) from forming the Government.
How is it that the CPM which does the exact same political blocking in India is lauded as fighting for the common man and NC's action's seems as anti-democratic?
Let us know of your thoughts on this incident of double standards by The Chindu.


Anonymous said...

In Bharat, commies will do anything to prevent "communal forces" from capturing power (doesn't matter even if these communal forces come to power through democratic ballot). And in that process, it does not matter if they have to share bed and breakfast with parties which used to be derisively called "bourgeois and reactionary", under the pretext of fighting communalism.

Anonymous said...

What exactly is the point of the original post? Is there some error or distortion in the story? Am I missing something here? Help!