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India After the Elections - What's Next?


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India After the Elections - What's Next?

Sponsor: Congressman Jim McDermott (D, WA-7)
Co-Sponsor: Young India Inc.


2:00-3:30pm, Wednesday, July 7th 2004


HC-6, Capitol Building
Capitol Hill, Washington DC

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Special Guests:
  • Congressman Jim McDermott (D,WA-7) - Moderator
  • Congressman Joseph Crowley (D, NY-7) - Co-chair India Caucus, Special Guest
  • Congressman Joe Wilson (R, SC-2) - Co-chair India Caucus, Special Guest

India has just recently concluded the largest democratic election in the world. The results have been stunning to one and all. No one had expected the incumbent BJP-alliance to lose. Polls and exit polls conveyed a marginal drop in seats won but nothing more than that. The precipitious fall that materialized shocked pundits and everyone who follows India.

The questions in front of US policy-makers and students of democracy are two-fold

  • What does this verdict from an electorate of more than 600 million mean?
  • What does the new government hope to achieve?

Broad and profound questions impacting security in South Asia, the growth of democracy in the sub-continent, the emergence of India as an economic player and, above all, the state and future of Indo-US relations. These questions are going to be front and center at this Congressional hearing.

We hope you join us in exploring and understanding a new reality in the world's largest democracy.


Public Transportation Recommended!!!

  • Get off metro BLUE/ORANGE LINE station Capitol South.
  • The Capitol South Metro is across the street from the O'Neill House Office Building and the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.
  • Walk towards Independence Ave.
  • Turn left on Independence and walk for a block.
  • Driveway to ONLY public entrance to the Main Capitol Building is on Independence Avenue across from the Longworth Building. Follow it to the entrance.
  • We highly recommend you view this Detailed map of the Capitol Campus.

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