Democalypse 2014 - Subcontinental Edition

  • Aired:  05/15/14
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India holds globally significant elections, but logistical difficulties may keep the frontrunner for prime minister from taking part in American diplomacy. (3:21)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILYSHOW"!

MY NAME IS JON STEWART. JIMPARSONS IS GOING TO BE

JOINING US IN THE STUDIOTONIGHT.

BUT FIRST, INDIA, A LAND OFTECHNOLOGICAL WIZARDS IS INDIA,

COLORED POWDERS, BREAD THATAPPEARS TO NEED SAUCE AND

CHEESE, A MYSTERIOUS AND EXOTICPLACE UNLESS YOU'RE ONE OF THE

1.3 BILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVETHERE, THEN YOU PROBABLY DON'T

REDUCE IT TO ONE OF THE THREECULTURAL STEREOTYPES THAT WE

AMERICANS ARE AWARE OF --OH, AND CRAZY SEX POSITIONS,

FOUR STEREOTYPES. ANYWAY, THEPOINT IS,

INDIA HAD AN ELECTION. IT'S THESUBJECT OF TONIGHT'S

DEMOCALYPSE 2014 SUBCONTINENTALEDITION. NOW, IF I REMEMBER

CORRECTLY, INDIAN CAMPAIGNSEASON JUST STARTED HEATING UP.

>> AFTER FIVE WEEKS OFBALLOTING, VOTING IN INDIA'S

MARATHON ELECTION IS NOW OVERAND THE COUNTRY WAITS TO SEE WHO

WILL BECOME THE NEXT PRIMEMINISTER.

>> AH OVER. I DIDN'T MEANHEATING UP. I MEANT IT'S OVER.

NOW WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO WATCHON INDIAN TV? I MEAN,

IT'S MONTHS UNTIL THE NEW SEASONOF "REAL HOUSEWIVES OF

ARUNACHAL PRADESH." I REALLY,

I REALLY HOPE I SAID THATSOMEWHERE NEAR CORRECTLY.

(LAUGHTER)ANYWAY, THE RESULTS ARE NOT

FINAL YET. WHO'SIN THE RUNNING?

>> LEADING THE RULING INDIANATIONAL CONGRESS PARTY IS RAHUL

GANDHI.

>> OOH, IT'S A GANDHI. CALL ITALL, IT'S A GANDHI.

HE HAPPENS TO BE THE SON OFPRIME MINISTER

RAJIV GANDHI, GRANDSON OF PRIMEMINISTER INDIRA GANDHI AND IN NO

WAY RELATED TO THE ONLY GANDHIYOU'RE THINKING OF.

BASICALLY, IT'S INDIA.

PEOPLE ARE TRIPPING OVERGANDHIS.

HOW DOES THAT GUY NOT WIN?

>> THE FRONTRUNNER FOR THE JOBIS NARENDRA MODI.

>>HE'S THE LEADER OF THE MAINOPPOSITION PARTY.

>> MODI IS THE CHIEF MINISTER OFTHE STATE OF GUJARAT.

>> HE'S PROMISING THE COUNTRYSTRONGER LEADERSHIP AND FASTERGROWTH.

>> WHAT HE DID INGUJARAT IS JUST AMAZING,

CHIEF MINISTER WITH 5% OF THEPOPULATION

HE CAPTURED 25% OF THE EXPORTSOF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.

>> IT'S A GUJARAT MIRACLE. EVERYEXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

IN GUJARAT UPGRADED TOBEST, ALL THE SLUMDOGS

IN GUJARAT NOW MILLIONAIRES. I'DLOVE,

I'D LOVE TO DO MORE OF THOSEJOKES, BUT I DON'T KNOW ANY

OTHER MOVIES ABOUTINDIA. I'M SORRY.

THIS GUY SOUNDS INCREDIBLE.

ONCE AGAIN, I CONFIDENTLY DO NOTSEE WHAT THE PROBLEM WOULD BE.

>> IN 2002, MODI WAS CHIEFMINISTER OF GUJARAT WHEN RIOTS

BROKE OUT THAT PITTED THE MUSLIMMINORTY AGAINST THE HINDU

MAJORITY.

AS MANY AS A THOUSAND MUSLIMSWERE KILLED.

MODI WAS ACCUSED OF NOT DOINGENOUGH TO STOP THE VIOLENCE.

THE U.S. REVOKED HIS VISA OVERIT.

CAN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONFIND A PARTNER IN A LEADER THERE

WHO WON'T BE ALLOWED IN THEUNITED STATES?

>> THAT DOES TEND TO STRAINRELATIONS WHEN THE TWO LEADERS

CAN'T BE IN THE SAME COUNTRY ATTHE SAME TIME.

ON THE UPSIDE, GREATTEST-RUN FOR AMERICA'S NEW DRONE

DIPLOMACY PROGRAM.

BUT, MODI ASSURES VOTERS HE'SFOCUSED ON IMPROVING INDIA'S

INFRASTRUCTURE NOT DIVISIVERELIGIOUS POLITICS. A STANCE

ENCAPSULATED IN HIS SLOGAN, THISIS TRUE, "TOILETS NOT TEMPLES."

OBVIOUSLY IT WAS NOT THE FIRSTONE THEY CAME UP WITH.

THEY TRIED "CHANGEYOU CAN RELIEVE IN" AND, OF

COURSE, THE ICONIC POSTER.

THERE YOU GO.

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