The elaborate voting exercise to elect the Congress president is impressive, historic. Inner-party democracy is a value worth pursuing in Indian politics, with all its fault lines. The challenge of change comes now. The Gandhi dynasty will be judged on whether the presidency is genuinely empowered or a potted plant.
Imran Khan makes a point with bypoll win. Sharif must fix Pakistan’s woes, stop plotting
Even the benediction of Pakistan’s military, Imran Khan’s dramatic by-election triumphs show, can’t help a lacklustre PDM government. Imran must resign six of seven seats he’s won, but he’s made his point. The Shehbaz Sharif government must focus on the economy and governance, not plots to keep Imran from power.