All people who love and respect India should congratulate India for having successfully conducted the world’s largest democratic elections in history. Its competing candidates from innumerable parties, arguing and debating and calling one another names – as befits a free society, unhindered by autocratic authorities and theocratic constraints, reflected the sound and fury of democracy.
Mr. Narendra Modi has achieved much in the past five years. Most of all he has reaffirmed in the hearts of the people of India that the country is deeply rooted in an ancient civilization with rich, creative, and colorful traditions, which has adapted itself to the modern age where citizens enjoy equal rights, irrespective of race, religion, gender and sexual preference, but where all should also acknowledge the cultural roots of the country.
As in every democracy, a percentage of the people, never more that 50% , are bound to be disappointed, even depressed, with the final results. That is the price one pays for so many other benefits of the democratic system: which range from freedom of the press to the assurance that no one will hold political power indefinitely in the country.
Irrespective of whether one’s voted candidates won or not, all citizens are now morally and constitutionally obliged to recognize the elected officials as representing the will of the people until the next elections, and work together for the wellbeing and welfare of the country.
I wish India continued success and prosperity and adherence to her ideals.