With fresh elections in Delhi, indicators point to the fact that Aam Admi Party, AAP has again routed the Congress and wiped out BJP’s Modi Wave.

Among the third world countries, India has shown time and again its perseverance with democracy and strong belief in its democratic institutions.

Indian political consciousness is well established and while tested from time to time, democracy has served India well since independence in 1947.

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The democratic experiment in India is a success story and a role model particularly for the Muslim countries which are largely ruled by dictatorial regimes and where conflicts and differences are resolved by means of oppression and violence rather than through dialogue and the ballot box.

Its true, that Indian democracy has its weaknesses. Sometimes it seems like a political circus on a grand scale where the players conduct themselves in all kinds of ridiculous ways. Election campaigns are conducted with divisive slogans on the basis of religious and caste differences, occasionally leading to incitement and violence. Occasionally criminal elements use political power in order to consolidate their interests. There is chronic political and bureaucratic corruption that is endemic throughout the country.

In spite of all the drawbacks democracy works in India and the intelligent electorate is well aware of its power to change regimes when excesses are committed. The decision at the ballot box is respected, accepted and helps resolve differences and conflicts in a peaceful way.

On a national level the Congress Party remained in power as long as it stuck with secularism, freedom and respect of opinions from all sections of the Indian Society. When Indira Gandhi intoxicated by power committed excesses, she was promptly removed at the next election, not only losing her seat but the Congress was swept from power.

When the electorate realised that the Janata Party coalition was incompetent to rule the country, it was removed from power at the next election and the Congress was given the chance again to rule after it was given a lesson that it was not invincible.

Again during the last few years Congress had become paralysed to control corruption and failed to uplift the poor condition of the majority of Indians. Late in 2013, during the Delhi elections, Congress was routed and Aam Admi Party (common man party) that arose from an anti-corruption movement formed a minority government that lasted only 49 days.

Again at national elections last year Bharatya Janata Party, BJP had a landslide victory mainly due to stagnation in Congress.

With fresh elections in Delhi, indicators point to the fact that Aam Admi Party, AAP has again routed the Congress and wiped out BJP’s Modi Wave.