K.P. Nayar, The Telegraph‘s Washington correspondent, writes of how the Karnataka elections were watched more keenly by Americans than the primaries in their own states, thanks partly to the flat world Thomas L. Friedman discovered on its lawns, but thanks largely to the fact that Corporate America has a stake in Bangalore, which, in a sense, is its laboratory for experiments in investing in India:
“Despite Bangalore’s image as India’s Silicon Valley, Karnataka has failed to throw up leadership that could catch the imagination of Americans who want to do business with India.
“A brief exception was S.M. Krishna. This columnist was once witness to an exchange in the US where one of Krishna’s well-wishers told him that he had no future in the Congress with its dynastic politics where sycophancy was the most valued political asset.
“The well-wisher joked that in such an atmosphere Krishna was a misfit because he was once a Fulbright scholar at George Washington University. If only he was “half bright”, he might have done better in his party, Krishna was told then.”
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