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a landslide victory narendra modi's hindu nationalist b j p party claimed significant gains in india's elections but could term number 2 hold i'm sorry kelly in berlin this is the day. i'm. running through my vote he said that this election is not fall by the majority. it's not fast by the hopefuls. it's not fought by politicians this election is being fought by the people of this country. here is. thankful to you going to this is the country to give you come up with a good new plan for the next 5 years. what matters is that the people of india
decided that november 14th would be privatised. and also coming up on the day of the end is in sight for a long legal challenge in kenya its highest court poised to issue a ruling on whether to uphold or strike down a colonial era law on same sex relations. what does it mean it will mean that you. will be free to be yourself. and i hope you'll be able as as a community in kenya as a community in kenya to be free to party. about minorities who are still fighting. the party of india's prime minister narendra modi has declared victory in the country's election data released by the election commission shows that the hindu nationalist b j p is on course to increase its majority in parliament with a mandate of business friendly policies and
a tough stand on national security mr modi was given a rousing welcome by b j p supporters at a rally in delhi in an earlier message on twitter the prime minister promised to unite the country and build what he called a strong and inclusive india this after running what commentators have described as a divisive campaign. and after those results were announced correspondent sent us this assessment of victory. so they're in their head quite good. but. if they can't make. that happen. if you know. oh no no capture of did you. visit election might
even consider that effort and i'm going to be a movie and if you don't put on me and if you look at the board that have more dan it looks like that effort underway is an extremely positive one it is likely that he has an even stronger voice. standing the last time i don't know how i'm. going up on this street all that out. which actually how big you know to say thank you. thank you. for you of guessing and for congress that when the national congress and the opposition has pretty much had to accept defeat as a very marginal gains of their it's not even choice they can form the leader of the opposition but a national mandate is b.s. you know we come up with actually getting very nasty nationalistic johnson saying that i don't live modern india and even some hindu just coming in i don't know but basically the country has spoken to not only want what you again but they want them
again more than they did back in 2014 india have decided another 5 years for private somebody in the movie. in the us our correspondent there in delhi let's get more now we're joined by heart the casing he is an analyst with the center for strategic and international studies welcome to the program sir we've heard modi say that he will build a strong and inclusive india do you buy it. well i think if the machinery wants a stable and secure india one of the things that he's certainly going to have to tackle is the issue of economic stability and the creation of jobs and and so that's going to have to be an inclusive vision. of a country where some have jobs and others don't so he's going to have to hearken back to the campaigning days of 21000 on the promise of good days some of which we
actually didn't see that this time around in the campaigning the economic arguments for a 2nd term were kind of caused by the wayside and in favor of a more nationalistic stance but he's going to have to go back to some of his reform agenda in order to build and deliver on the dreams that the people want which is a development and i'd like to ask you more about that agenda but 1st we really just have to address the fact that he has really run a very in do 1st. you know platform and a lot of people have been saying that that is increasing social tension in the country what's your view. i think that is i think that's correct and that there has been like i said in stark contrast to the platform that he used last time there was a lot more of a hindu agenda this time around and certainly there are elements of the right wing
that were emboldened as a result of the the majority of that the b j p one last time and will certainly be emboldened again. so that is there are trouble it's troubling to see that there has been a lot of division created in the lead up to these elections and one would hope that now that the elections are done that they can get back to more of a development agenda maybe that's the message we're seeing coming out of the prime minister he has been seen as a champion of the for you mentioned you know these probes policies that he's been running on including free medical insurance relief for distressed farmers but you know if we look at back at his track record so far how is he on helping the poor. yes so in terms of what helps the poor so here at the center for strategic and international studies of the one chair in the lead up to the last elections we actually convened a group of stakeholders to look at what were the 30 most important economic reforms
that the modi government would have to undertake in order to unleash the economic growth in the country lift you know hundreds of millions out of poverty and create jobs one thing that can be said you know from a very objective standpoint is that the movie administration actually only implemented 9 of those reforms and has 15 of them and you know various levels of progress but most of those reforms were actually not just in the 1st 2 years and he did undertake a lot of f.b.i. reforms which is brought a lot of money into the country in order to again create the business friendly environment that's required to create jobs and eradicate poverty but the question is can he now deliver on the rest of the economic reform agenda and we were hoping to add more to that list of 30 for his 2nd term he has had major national visions or missions if you will address things like health care through them or the care program energy access for all i mean for the 1st time since the history of the of
the modern nation state nearly every household is connected to electricity thereby hopefully providing electrons for productive use and job creation so these are been some big ticket items that have benefited the poor cooking gas is another another good example ultimately why do you think he's been so popular because i mean this is not the result that was expected in this election he wasn't expected to do this well. yeah and yours truly is guilty as are many others that try to predict in terms of what his victory would look like i think most people thought that he would come back thanks to support of a coalition that would win certainly because the opposition is just remains to remains uninspiring and we saw that as a result we saw that a number of the major. opposition candidates particularly the congress party did not win their seats and with a weak opposition. we knew that he would be likely to win but i think many did not
predict that the b j p would get an even bigger mandate i mean it's you know they don't even need their coalition partners to run the government. i think he has been quite successful. according to some analysts in sort of politicizing some level of identity politics i wouldn't say religion politics but certainly cost base politics in forging a new coalition that is going to be more difficult to manipulate by both major parties as well as regional parties and it's important to highlight that regional parties have played a big role in india's governance and sort of king making over the last several decades that seems to be on the decline let's talk a little bit more about the gandhi family now because we know that they are actually one of big losers in this election gandhi losing his temper dash. you know what does this mean now for that dynasty. i think that
one has to sort of face the music do some real interest introspection and one thought that they had been doing at you know post the previous election results but clearly that hasn't played out and you know they did have major victories in state assembly elections last november which kind of gave them a new lease you know they could breathe a little bit easier by winning state assembly elections and rajastan in the in the heartland of mother for the asian and shut these guys but you know they installed leaders there that maybe didn't resonate with the electorate maybe they were more part of the old guard and maybe it was seen as the dynasty family not choosing young fresh faces so there's some real questions that the party has to answer in terms of where its future really lies so much to chip away at in this election we thank you so much for giving us some perspective the casing from the center for strategic and international studies thank you. thank you.
now voting has begun in elections for the european parliament to britain and the netherlands where the 1st e.u. countries to go to the polls voters across the bloc will be casting their ballots until sunday germany is also taking part but its best known political leader chancellor angela merkel has been conspicuous by her absence from campaigning w.'s chief political editor mahela found out why. europe's most powerful woman also used to be the poster girl for her conservative c.d.u. party in e.u. elections but that is history this time angela merkel left the e p p's widely unknown top candidate manfred bieber mostly out alone to face the public and it was merkel successor a c.d.u. carty leader and a great come come by our many already see is potential next chancellor it took on
the heavy political lifting in the talks. in the tarts in search of for us conservatives right wing populist are not potential coalition partners we don't want to and we won't work with them. with nothing less than the future of europe at stake this raises the question where was. busy governing is the sort of answer within easy you summit in romania a climate dialogue in berlin and a trip to africa merkel focused on big picture politics. one of her few appearances with the e.p. peace talk candidate month was in croatia where she took a stance against nationalism. part 2 to small hatred chisholm and the e.u. aren't contradictions nationalism is the enemy of the european project we must make that clear in these final days ahead of the polls. the social democrat top
candidate tells us merkel's absence is also a symptom of in our party divisions i think it's honest that you have the european candidates on the in the campaign and not the national figures on the other hand you see that the conservatives really split europe's longest serving any. insists there was simply a division of labor from chancellor and party leader share responsibility for the results no ducking away. and america and i think they'd come qanbar know that their current division of power between the chancery and the party headquarters can't last forever though publicly both say they are determined to continue until 2021 when merkel's final term as chancellor officially ends these e.u. elections will tell us more about the chances of an exit. also succeed. here in the chancery than about the stability of the current american led
government itself but there is a test for both. and let's get more now on that task we're joined here in the studio by the berlin correspondent for the economist vendor radio welcome to the program. why do you think marital is seemingly sitting this one out i think it's. a number of reasons but but in some ways i think she wants to leave the stage who who's probably going to be her successor has been her success as head of the party mrs kind qabala and i think maybe she thinks it's good for you know not to play too dominant a row good form perhaps but i mean looking at the bigger picture here i mean there is so much at stake for europe in this election we have a populous euro skeptic far right parties polling really well do you think that merkel is playing with fire. i'm not sure yes i think it's the most important election in the european union's history it is also the 2nd biggest democratic
exercise in the word after india's election which is which is interesting just in terms of the sheer number of voters 100000000 voters parts so it is hugely important in the european parliament has gained in importance in the in the sink years. would muckle make such a different if she were more active at the moment yes she's still very popular but i think people want a new generation to take center stage so i think it's probably not such a big deal ok we have to talk about britain because they kicked off voting today. there we can really see big gains for nigel per for raj in his pro brags it policy how do you see that influencing the dynamic in the european parliament we don't have results yet but neither for artists is forecast to do well and it shows one thing is that the supporters of rex's have not really changed their minds myself. as an opponent of breaks i was obviously hoping that after 2 years more than 2
years people would change their mind that's not the case and so it's reflected in the results and if he's not going to win to come in 1st he's likely to do quite well with his new party you mentioned that this is the most important election that we've ever seen do you see any potential surprises here i think the thing with which people haven't focused on the off we. you talk a lot about the rise of populist party but i think it's a general front mentation be seen the rise of the demise of not the demise of let's say the the weakening of the old monolithic parties of the ones under the umbrella of the e.p. piece of the center right or the s. and d. the center left these 2 big blocks are weakening but you have also says you have the greens you have the populists you have the radical left rising and i think that's going to change the dynamic of the european union and of the work is this going to become far more political with with more for debates and maybe more interesting too it's been called the netflix's ation in fact of politics there's
some sort of something for everyone you can pick and choose what you will would you agree with that assessment yes it's a flip of assessment but there is some truth to it and surely i think we will see a much more complicated europe a much more fragmented one with centrifugal forces eating away at something that was basically dominated by these 2 blocs the if you t. and the s.d. european commission president we know that potentially a german could be at the helm do you think that that's what we'll see. not certain the e.v.p. is likely to be the strongest party still so the center right and of course manfred way but is there a candidate there she can do that. so that would speak for him getting the job but i think it's not a done deal could you think the best candidate would be. difficult to say i think he's he's he's good he would be sol it's to have a real a tentative no it would basically play though into the argument of nigel farage for
example who says the germans are running the show here in europe absolutely and then that sense it be better if an historian where very strong candidate being in or you know another country that has not played such a big role in the e.u. i agree with that because it feeds into his spent 3 and 1000000000 very berlin parts on it for the economist thank you so much for joining us with us for having me. well kenya is preparing for what could be a landmark ruling on the legality of same sex relations the country's highest court is due to reveal its decision on whether a law dating from the colonial era banning gay sex is legal or unconstitutional now observers say that if the ban is struck down it could have a ripple effect across africa the expected ruling follows years of work and campaigning by. activists in kenya. the rainbow flag is
a symbol of gay pride across the world but in kenya it's rarely seen flight. the national gay and lesbian human rights commission is one of the few places that displeases proudly and it's here that the fight to repeal an anti homosexuals law in kenya is being fought the law it is somewhat vague given that it was taken from very very old laws which were previously formed from canon law so the law is very vague in its wording however what it into me it's that carnal knowledge against the order of nature that it seems that activities specifically between males is criminal and shall be punished with up to 14 years in prison. the kind of high court was expected to give a ruling on decriminalizing homosexuality in february but the judgment was pushed back. it's very tense as one would expect it to be we've been waiting for this for a long time and with the postponement in february where obviously really hopeful
that the courts will read a judgment and of course there will be in our view. the l g b t community is anxiously awaiting the ruling and the public's reaction to it a lot is a big unknown can public opinion on this issue is really anyone's guess and that's because here in this country conversations about homosexuality or the queer community don't happen openly and one person is saying that silence is part of the problem. that person is telling what she wrote he hopes the upcoming court's ruling will encourage constructive dialogue you could set a precedent for other countries that are trying to go to go down the drain and i say should. and i strongly believe it's the right thing to be doing the right people can i ask him what it would mean to him personally if the courts ruled to repeal the law. what does that mean it would mean that. we'll be free to be ourselves. and i hope
we'll be able as a community in kenya as a community in kenya to be free to party with a minority degree of us who are still fighting to be recognised. as the national gay and lesbian human rights commission they're preparing for any outcome and they promise to shoot fighting if this friday doesn't end in celebration. and i have the great pleasure now of being joined from nairobi by the activists that you just saw in their piece that piece kevin much hero kevin thank you so much for joining us 1st of all and we'd like to ask you because you know as we've heard same sex relations could soon be legal in kenya this has been a hard fought battle how are you feeling today. there are i'm sure. the 1st time i'm more hopeful that
then the previous was for many of you hopeful that this will be good for the country. tell us a little bit more about what you do and what other activists have gone through basically to get the country to this point. this is going to be. with. the national really human rights commission. and there's a lot of discussion. that has taken place where. you can you know. this is a discussion that we had within the movement about. this we thought is impossible. how. long time. through. the way.
to get to where we are. going for 10 years and i'm really really proud of the organizations that have. come out of the. tell us because we heard in that report that basically this is really not an issue that is discussed in kenyan society when you've gone out there and you've been having these conversations quite openly what is the reaction that you have encountered i mean a you experiencing opposition are you experiencing silence or are you experiencing support. so you've won a war says ken yes. national language is silence and in some cases we do get on our silence or a line launched in 24 people who are for it who are krishi to do it and there are people who just went quiet obviously there is or position to raise but i think
people are afraid to come out. in support of the movement because there's that guilt by association unfortunately people. feel that is the biggest thing as an anti business movement who we want to our allies who are now friends and i want my hands on my friends to come. but for some people there is that kills by association of. thinking standing up for us and. i'm really hoping that they also get to. this is this is important this is important not just for. us as a minority group or for the country we hope will also speak with us and as you we've mentioned earlier and it could be quite a big day coming up you know aside from that what more do you think still needs to be done. i think. you're
getting people. to. gender characteristics. for me. to morrow is an opportunity for us to engage. and explain to people and i mean. they're. trying. to educate people about. sexual characteristics and social sexual different issues thank you so much for joining us with that perspective kevin watch joining us from kenya where as we have heard the country is preparing for what could be a landmark ruling on the legality of same sex relations we appreciate. you. the day is done i'm sorry kelly in berlin thanks for watching.
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