'Returning to the Unity of Indira Gandhi'
June 10, 2014 • 11:12AM

The New India: Returning to the National Unity of Indira Gandhi

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the first joint sitting of Parliament yesterday following the historic election, giving full and strong support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies. Mukherjee, who was very close to Indira Gandhi, was elected President in 2012, representing the Congress Party coalition UPA, but is unrestrained in promoting Modi's policies.

Mukherjee's speech reflected the recent comments by Lyndon LaRouche, who responded to the Modi election by noting that Modi's election, despite the fact that he is from a different party, marks a return to the policies and political unity under Indira Gandhi, which neither her children nor the opposition leaders were unable to sustain. Mukherjee said the people of India "have voted for a united, strong and modern India. My government will work to fulfill these aspirations, with the involvement of all the [1.25 billion] people of this great country.... The surge in aspirations and the belief that these could be realized through democratic processes, has been amply reflected in the record 66.4% participation by voters and a clear verdict in favor of a single political party after a gap of nearly 30 years," referring to the assassination of Indira Gandhi by the British in 1984. "The electorate transcended the boundaries of caste, creed, region and religion to come together and vote decisively in favor of Development through Good Governance," he said.

Chinese FM in India: "Roll Our Sleeves and Get Going"

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited India on June 8th and 9th, and held meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, President Pranab Mukherjee, and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, among others, praising the new era in India and pledging full Chinese support for India's development and expanded relations.

Calling China and India "natural partners," Wang said the two countries had far more in common than differences. "I see strong winds of change with Mr. Modi as prime minister. This is the time for us to roll our sleeves and get going. This is no time to talk."