World Elections Update: India Finds Middle Road

Posted by Patrick James

Last year, in our State of the Planet issue, we highlighted six elections to watch in 2009. Among them was India, the world's largest democracy, which recently completed it's month-long election process-with some surprising results: a victory for the moderate Congress party.BBC News covered the election in a number of different contexts-including a melange of Twitter updates and correspondent posts and in terms of a huge decline for the left.However, if you were to read about the results on, say, Truthout, you'd see it described as a routing of the far right.Either way, it's a victory for the center-and the stock market. Trading was shut down twice Monday "after investors pushed stocks above their daily maximum limit."