Here is an excellent email I received from Ram Narayanan of US-India Friendship:
India, the world's largest democracy, will soon have a Christian (Catholic) Prime Minister. India's President , elected last year, belongs to the Muslim faith. That the two top elected officials of this billion plus nation, which is 85 percent Hindu, belong to minority faiths, makes Indian democracy something unique in the world.
Is there a possibility of a similar situation ever happening in any of the older democracies such as the United States wherein both the top elected officials will belong to minority religions? Perhaps - but it's going to take a long, long really long time.
In this respect - as in many others - the world's most populous democracy has shown the way!
My only hope is that Sonia Ghandi will not do anything to undermine the internal and external progress Vajpay made it the past few years. They are truely bathbreaking.