Saturday, November 1, 2014   

Indians slaves to political dynasties
(03-26 10:06)

Indian voters are largely comfortable with electing dynastic candidates despite dire predictions in upcoming polls for Rahul Gandhi, scion of the country's most celebrated political family, a survey found.
A poll released by the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace confirmed recent surveys pointing to a strong showing by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party after a decade of rule by Gandhi's Congress Party.
Gandhi, 43, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather were all prime ministers, is the candidate from the center-left Congress Party in elections starting on April 7, going against the BJP's Narendra Modi, the son of a tea-stall owner.
But the poll did not support suggestions that Indians have rejected hereditary candidates. Instead, 46 percent of voters said they preferred politicians who hail from dynasties.
“What we found was kind of shocking,'' said Milan Vaishnav, an associate at the Carnegie Endowment's South Asia program.
“Nearly one in two Indians say, if I had a choice, I would prefer to vote for a candidate who has a family background,'' he said.
The vast majority of voters who preferred dynasties said they thought such candidates would be more adept or likely to succeed, with only 15 percent saying that their main motivation was an expectation of patronage.
Twenty-nine percent of Indian lawmakers elected in the last election in 2009 succeeded family members or have relatives also serving in parliament, a figure that rose by nine percentage points from the previous vote in 2004, Vaishnav said.
The survey, conducted with the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Advanced Study of India, took opinions from 65,000 households as part of a project that will examine changing trends.
When asked about voting preferences in late 2013, 31 percent sided with the BJP-led alliance and 23 preferred the Congress-led coalition, in what would amount to a reversal of fortunes since the last election.—AFP


   
Other World breaking news:
Juncker's EU Commission takes office (10-31 18:19)
Eurozone inflation up, unemployment steady (10-31 18:15)
Japan's vast public pension fund says to double stock investment (10-31 17:23)
Saudi beheads man for murder (10-30 18:37)
Rights groups slam Singapore court ruling on anti-gay law (10-30 18:26)
Billionaires' US$10m gift to Yale stirs debate in China (10-30 12:47)
Africans in New York complain of Ebola stigma (10-30 11:23)
Funeral museum rises again in death-fixated Vienna (10-30 11:22)
Toronto snubs mainland Confucius group (10-30 11:22)
US theaters advised to ban 'smart' watches and glasses (10-30 11:06)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.