President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa has been inaugurated and we are waiting to hear who will be in his executive. A thousand kilometres from here, there would be similar novelty in the Indian parliament — Lok Sabha — following the resounding victory of BJP leader, Narendra Modi. In both election campaigns, the messages have been similar. Jobs, the economy and geopolitics feature prominently. Far from being “epoch-making” it has been a signal of a gradual realignment of politics in both nations. In SA, it has been a wake-up call for the ANC: in India, it has been the death knell for their ideological counterpart, the Indian National Congress. The once dominant Congress is now a shadow of its former self, a lesson that liberation movements across the post-colonial world, are not endowed with a divine and immutable claim to power. Governance, agility and economic management matter. In India, Congress is associated with the interests of the elite, dynasty politics — Rahul Gandhi, its ...

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