Links: CNN New York Times (registration required) I'm not Indian and I've never been to India. But I've always been fascinated by the history and politics of this nation. As a Commonwealth nation, India's news is followed rather closely in Britain and I lived in Britain when Indira Gandhi was assassinated. I'll never forget the long television broadcast of her funeral. I've also been impressed with what I know of the family patriarch, Jawarhalal Nehru, which I mostly learned from the movie Gandhi (it's not a lot, I confess). Anyway, I've been very interested in the political events in India this week. The india National Congress Party stunned everyone by winning the national election, and now their figurehead is turning down the opportunity to become prime minister. Apparently she never even wanted to be in politics but she was so frustrated with what the Hindu Nationalists were doing to the country and her family's legacy that she felt obligated to step in and campaign. A lot of party members have been begging her to reconsider and have even been threatening their own suicides if she doesn't relent. Yet she is a mother and has her family to think abouther husband and mother-in-law were both assassinated and she doesn't want to follow suit. I admire her courage both for returning the National Congress to power and for refusing such power. I admire her country for choosing a party led by a foreign-born citizen, and I'm saddened to see that racist attacks have been part of the reason she doesn't want to be prime minister.