A day is a long time in politics, and thinking about the brouhaha over the nuclear deal the past day I wonder if did not indulge in wishful thinking in believing that there is a behind-the-scenes deal that has led to the present back-from-the-brink moment.
Many in the Indian media believe that the deal is over and that the Congress has chickened out in the face of pressure from the Left and allies. According to The Times of India
The Congress core group was also significantly influenced by its UPA partners who were not ready for elections. As the Congress's upset win in 2004 was powered in good measure by well-struck alliances, the mood of the allies was taken into account and given due weightage. It also bolstered the unease within Congress over facing elections.
Though Indian political parties can sometimes be quite inept in their sense of timing, I think the current moves are tactical and will shift the political and technical timelines a bit downstream, and we may still see an election, not in February as the Congress once wanted, but maybe in April-May or even June-July.
Divining where the technical and political timelines intersect is not an easy task because of the many variables at play. But suffice to say that there is still slack in the technical timeline which could have