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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

India: Elections and History of Violence

Elections resulting in delivering governments for forty five years were conducted in the mist of wars with neighbors or in the shadows of assassinations of Prime Ministers in India. No incumbent party has won the election in India until unless there is a war or a Prime Minister is assassinated in India.

History shows that there is a direct link between the violence and elections in India. Mumbai attacks have been covered in the media in detail. However, no one is trying to investigate the mystery behind the pattern of violence and elections in India. Fresh elections are due in 2009 few months after Mumbai attacks.

Whenever there are elections in India the incumbents try to divert the attention of the Indian public by creating wars with Pakistan. Whether, it is a coincidence or a plan there is a continuous pattern that Indian elections are won and lost in the mist of assassinations of Prime Ministers and by creating wars with Pakistan. The result of these policies is that the majority of Indian public is living in one of the worst living conditions in the world. On the other hand the ruling class in India is enjoying one of the best standards of living in the world.

Out of fifteen Indian elections since independence, four elections were conducted in the same years in which India conducted wars with Pakistan and China. Two elections were conducted after the assassinations of two Indian Prime Ministers. First two elections were organized in the shadows of Kashmir conflict and water disputes with Pakistan. The incumbents lost in the rest of the elections in India because they could not create conflicts with Pakistan.

General Elections in India by year

1951
Kashmir conflict in its early stages.

1957
Problems with Pakistan over water and Kashmir continue.

1962
War with China.

1967
War with Pakistan in 1965.

1971
War with Pakistan in 1971.

1977
No war with any neighbor or political violence, as a result Indira Gandhi lost elections.

1980
No war with any neighbor or political violence, as a result Charan Singh lost elections.

1984
Indira Gandhi was assassinated by Indian Sikh separatists. Gandhi’s son (Rajiv Gandhi) became the Prime Minister and won the elections.

1989
Rajiv Gandhi lost the elections because he could not create problems with Pakistan.

1991
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the Indian Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group; as a result his party won the elections.

1996
Atal Bihari Vajpayee won the elections because P. V. Narasimha Rao could not create problems with Pakistan.

1998
No problem with Pakistan Inder Kumar Gujral lost the elections.

1999
India conducted five nuclear tests on 11 May and 13 May 1998 and the Kargil War started in 1999 as a result Atal Bihari Vajpayee won the elections.

2004
Atal Bihari Vajpayee lost the elections because he was trying to be friendly with Pakistan.

2009
Manmohan Singh is trying his best to create problems with Pakistan in a hope to win elections to be held in 2009.

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