A Shocking Act of Electoral Humility

I think you have to be named Ghandi to decline to be the leader of the world's largest Democracy:

Sonia Gandhi said she would "humbly decline" to be the next prime minister of India, a decision that followed Hindu nationalist outrage over the prospect of a foreign-born woman at the helm of the nation.

"It is my inner voice, my conscience," she said. "My responsibility at this critical time is to provide India with a secular government that is strong and stable."

Wow. If this does not make you less cynical about world leaders, I have no idea what will.

Tags: Foreign Elections (all tags)

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3 Comments

Imagine that
Imagine that. Compare that to a certain wealthy family comfortably ensconced in the oil business.

What would dubya do?

by Michael Bersin 2004-05-18 01:06PM | 0 recs
Much older news than I thought
I was away from my computer most of the day. I should never have trusted Yahoo's "13 minutes ago" number.
by Chris Bowers 2004-05-18 01:45PM | 0 recs
If her Italian birth was such an issue
Then why did the party everyone knew she led win the election?

I'm not saying it isn't an issue, but it seems like it would be more of an issue for her opponents--who she just beat.

by Chris Bowers 2004-05-18 03:48PM | 0 recs

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