NEW DELHI --
The Indian diaspora has been keenly following the
Delhi elections: Why?, asks writer Swami Anand Kul
Bhushan Kulive Kulove Kulaugh.
through or living in Delhi during their visits expect their
trips to be hassle-free.
They hope the elections will sweep out deadwood in
bureaucracy, curtail or wipe out corruption and generally expect
‘babudom’ to be reduced, cops to stop extorting money from them
for small incidents and generally offer a safe environment for
women, concluded a number of NRIs.
Many NRIs above 50 years have been keenly following the Delhi
elections on TV daily for at least an hour; but the next
generation born and brought up abroad is not interested.
"The impact of Delhi elections on overseas Indians is
enormous because if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government
delivers, it will change the political landscape in India as
the Modi government remains dominant on the political
scene," said British Asian leader Praful Patel.
In Canada, a tremendous interest that Delhi Election was
Local ethnic leaders and media went to the extent of getting
daily news directly from Delhi, wrote Omkar Nath Chanan,
President, Rocky View Chamber of Commerce and Calgary and
Calgary-Jaipur Development Foundation. .
"The general feeling abroad is that Kejriwal got the
knack of contesting and campaigning in reaching his
audiences who are gladly filled his coffers for the success
of his party.
His visit to Dubai and the US gave him an unexpected boost,
in particular from North American Indians largely from blue
collar community and small businesses.
He won’t be able to keep some of his promises that he has
been lauding but could be a thorn in Modi’s agenda," said Chanan.
He added, "Local anchors made the spokespersons from
India to provide update to the listeners directly in many
cities of Canada on a daily basis.
At a Community Centre in North East Calgary, where most
people from Delhi and Punjab live, a meeting was held for AAP
They also arranged a live interview from Patiala in favour of
Pratap Kapila, a social analyst in London, said:
"Modi is an absolute genius and his charm with Obama was
a work of art.
"He has a massive amount of work but sadly he has not got
very many able chaps around him; which is why Kejri had an
edge and won.
"Modi speaks beautiful Hindi and is honest."
"NRIs visiting India and tourists in general would
certainly welcome any improvement the way the capital city
is run, like efficient essential services, clean
environment, better traffic management, clean running water,
24-hour electricity supply and other amenities for an
ordinary citizen," said senior broadcaster Chaman Lal Chaman
He supported BJP but during the previous elections his
favourite was AAP that had brought some fresh air:
anti-corruption stand, efficiency and transparency.
Any comparison between Modi and Kejri cannot be fair.
"As the Prime Minister, Modi is a giant," said Chaman.
From Melbourne, a certified accountant, Shan Gupta, wrote:
"A stable Delhi government providing security and basic
amenities will definitely boost NRIs visits to India,
particularly from those who come from the North and Central
"NRIs are often asked by their colleagues to recommend
places to visit in India.
"Due to fear of a subsequent complaint, NRIs generally
refrain from doing so.
"They cannot assure foreigners of their security during
their stay in India.
"Nor are they prepared to hear complaints of basic
Kejriwal’s 2013 election campaign was greatly monitored in
Melbourne and the US.
This time some of his staunch followers deserted him because
of his dharna politics, lies and 49-days exit.
Shamlal Puri, an International Editor and Novelist wrote:
"Both Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran ‘Vikas’ Bedi gave each a
run for their money but there is a serious belief that the
search is not for a smooth-talker but a serious CM who can
deliver without fear or favour."
"Those seeking a change felt Kejriwal deserved a chance
to show his worth.
"Talking to fellow NRIs in London, I felt their support
for AAP had increased in the UK.
"There were clear signs from the very beginning that AAP
should win the elections albeit, their track record of short
tenure," said Puri.
"Even hardcore BJP supporters in UK are now finding a
good reason to congratulate AAP for the way they fought
Delhi Assembly elections; I believe that BJP missed a trick
by making personal attacks on Kejriwal rather than focusing
on election agenda.
"Similarly, the introduction of Kiran Bedi came too late.
"They should have left her with the Party immediately
after Modiji won his landslide victory.
"When it comes to the post mortem of BJP’s election
strategy, the raising communal intolerance in BJP’s rule
also become a major factor.
"The personal attacks on Kejriwal were a blunder by BJP
as everyone knows that he is an honest gentleman. Besides,
Kiran Bedi seemed politically very immature.
"Her communication skills on the public forum were
pathetic and many feel by putting her on the helm, BJP lost
"Many felt that Harshvardhan could have been a better
option as a CM for Delhi," added Puri.
Gyatri Saggar, a journalist in USA, wrote:
"When Delhi is ruled by AAP, there would be less
investment in Delhi because of the tussle between the
central and Delhi government, resulting in less progress in
"Most of the overseas Indians are enthused by Modi and
would want his vision translated in to progress for Delhi.