Democracy

India is the largest and most vibrant democracy in the world today. The US, the oldest and most powerful democracy, must work closely with India in spreading democracy throughout the world. Although India has a long way to becoming the most efficient democracy, it never had any debate on whether democracy is suited for its people. Its age old tradition of pluralism, coupled with a majority Hindu population, helped India embrace democracy after independence from Great Britain without any inhibitions. For more than 60 years, various political parties have ruled India by gaining power through the democratic process. Indian Muslims, the second largest Muslim population after Indonesia, have fully participated in the democratic process throughout these six decades. It is no surprise then that India has emerged as a symbol of democracy around the world. However, democracy still eludes more than a third of humanity. There is no doubt that if the whole world is to embrace democracy, India and the United States must work in unison to achieve that goal.

The US has an important role to play in promoting democracy in countries within the direct influence of China and countries with a sizable population supporting communism. An economically powerful China, absent democracy, will remain a serious threat to the US and the free world.

Therefore, US policy must incorporate attractive economic incentives for urgently needed political reforms within China and advances in areas of concern to the US such as human rights and nuclear proliferation regimes