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May 21, 2009 at 02:30am IST

World press reacts positively to Verdict 2009

New Delhi: It's been a busy weekend for Financial Times correspondent James Fontanella. He has been updating his website every few hours since the results of the Indian Elections started poring in on Saturday. And on Monday morning the party was still not over.

"The confirmation of Congress but with a much stronger majority has forced people to think that maybe India is a much more mature democracy than we had previously thought," says India Editor, financialtimes.com, James Fontanella-Khan.

Over the last five weeks, as the worlds largest democracy got into action, The world media captured and analysed India's leaders and their campaign. In a 21st century version of the Passage to India, BBC even ran a train to capture the jumbo elections.

On Board Editor, BBC Election Train, Mark Parrow says "The world is in recession, the west is in deep trouble economically, and the question people are asking is 'can India help the world to dig itself out of this economic trench that we are stuck in at the moment'."

Most newspapers have given India a thumbs up. 'Landslide vote reshapes landscapes', says the New York Times, while the Wall Street Journal advises the American President that now its time 'to stop neglecting India'.

And it's not just the west. Elsewhere too, the result is expected to have a positive impact. 'The Outcome should encourage foreign investment', says al Jazeera.

South Asia Bureau Chief of Al Arabiya, Dr Waiel Awwad says, "It is always a positive because we will see in the coming five years a more active Indian role in the security of the Gulf region and also to see India as a stable in a turbulent South Asia is very important for the Arab world."

'Make cities livable', 'Open a dialogue on Kashmir', 'Take the long view on climate change' - these are only some of the challenges that Time magazine has listed out for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Clearly, the decisive verdict has raised great expectations.