The dynamism and nationalist fervour that prevailed before independence and freedom in SA and India have dissipated and given way to personal pursuits. On the brink of crucial polls, with key issues of graft and racial and religious schisms flaring up again, leaders of both nations will contest one of the toughest elections yet. Tampering with the constitution, one that was co-authored by the current SA leader leading up to a dispensation that had all the ingredients of true democracy admired by many nations, leaders went off track, embracing a capitalist ethos that has left behind a trail of economic gloom that will take years to repair. On the Indian side after British rule patriotic leaders drew up a constitution that emphasised national integration after horrific religious conflict and subsequent partition. With a Gandhi again in the forefront to possibly lead the nation and an SA electorate tired of broken ANC promises, the race is on to give both nations the best chance to for...

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