The world has been held hostage for more than a month by the story of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, as well as the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. But momentous events have been taking place in India and Afghanistan as well. National elections have been held in both countries, with that in Afghanistan going astonishingly well.
We take for granted democratic elections in India, the biggest success story of the post-colonial world. India has not suffered from the political instability that has afflicted neighboring Pakistan, which got its independence at the same time as India in 1947, when the Indian sub-continent was split in two by the departing British. The military in India, despite its size as one of the biggest armed forces in the world, has never interfered in the nation’s political life, as the military has done so repeatedly in Pakistan.
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