While I am not keen to see open source and open standards being set up as a plank in politics, I am nonetheless reluctantly happy to see that two of the world’s leading democracies pushing for it. I much rather that people, companies, government adopt FOSS because it just does a better job, consistently than anything proprietary.
President Obama stated his interest in open source and now the Indian political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party‘s candidate for Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani is advocating the adoption of both open source and open standards (page 3, point 6) for India. India was the only Asian country to vote no to OOXML becoming an ISO standard last year (the US voted in favour). India has also launched the Public Software for the Public Sector project and has a set of very clear and straightforward statements in it’s FOSS Manifesto detailing what is expected out of the political parties in pushing for FOSS. India goes to the polls in April 2009 for it’s General Elections and I am hoping that the winning party will be one that backs FOSS all the way.