Big win for the Congress Party in India

… which is the best possible news.

Which couldn’t be better news. Despite the attack in Mumbai, the BJP’s anti-Muslim ranting didn’t get as many votes as it used to, and the BJP got blanked in Tamil Nadu despite its attempt to exploit resentment against Sri Lanka. And the four Communist parties that broke with Congress over the nuclear deal with the U.S. all got skunked.

Not only does this mean that Singh can keep right on making India rich, it means that he’s in a position to do a deal with Pakistan, something the U.S. really needs to happen. Credit the Bush Administration for warming up the relationship with India, reversing a Cold-War-era legacy policy of tilting toward Pakistan.

Now the two key words are “textiles” and “Kashmir.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com