Friday, June 15, 2007

I am grateful to Sonia...

Those are the words from Ms Pratibha Patil - all set (formalities pending) to become the next President of India. Much is being said about UPA having selected a woman for this post and what it means for India.

But - what a downfall this is...
  • If a Presidential Candidate openly expresses gratefulness to the leader of a Political Party - what message does it send about the post of President? Will such a leader be able to act in a non-biased manner in times of crisis.
  • I don't care if the President is a woman, or a man, or a minority or a majority. We need people who merit such a position - not someone whose primary merit being touted is being a woman, and a congress loyalist!
  • Polls after Polls have consistently shown that Indians wanted Mr Abdul Kalam to continue as President of India for another term. But this is completely ignored by the Politicians.
  • Sonia Gandhi has the Prime Minister of her choice, and now a proper rubber stamp President in the making. Will such a candidate maintain the high standards set by her predecessor. Unlikely.

Why didn't it occur to UPA to field her as their first candidate of choice? Barkha Dutt answers: "The answer is simple — it’s because Pratibha Patil’s accomplishments were never considered good enough by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to make her their first choice, or even second, or third, or fourth or fifth. She’s now being billed by the Congress as a person of impeccable qualities."


At 11:16 PM, Blogger Robin said...

Just a point regarding political parties supporting Abdul Kalam for another term.. Abdul Kalam has stated in clear terms that he does not wish to continue for one more term as President. [His interests lies elsewhere].. Do you want the political parties to push the people's mandate on him too????

At 6:56 AM, Blogger Apun Ka Desh said...

Robin> How can we be so ignorant?

It is not Abdul Kalam's style to go and meet DMK(the way Karan Singh did) to seek a second term. Nor would he go around thanking Ms Sonia for allowing him to be the President of the Country.

See Here:
Abdul Kalam - Not Averse To Second Term

At best - he has refused to involve himself in this debate, obviously seeing how parties are falling over each other, to ensure he doesn't get a second term !!!

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Shruti said...

Hi Dear,
I cant able to understand the politics in our country..
Hope we get someone as our preseident who can change it for good..

Take care

At 3:18 AM, Blogger Raghu Ram Prasad said...

because she is ......"MOTHER INDIA"

At 6:34 AM, Blogger Pijush said...

Excellent points, no meaning to choose someone for just being a woman. Sonia is now in dirty politics.

At 4:02 AM, Blogger Musings on India said...

Actually my point is why we need a President in any case. What does he/she do that is so critical for our day to day living? I think a fundamental question I have is that why should we choose to stick to what britishers did or is our legacy? I know the point being made here is about political games but I think we as intelligent individuals must question the fundamentals as well. Why in the world do we need a President?

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Ash said...

You have a point. I fully agree with you when you say

"We need people who merit such a position - not someone whose primary merit being touted is being a woman, and a congress loyalist!"

At 1:47 AM, Blogger Apun Ka Desh said...

Musings> I guess a lot of people tend to agree with what you have said.

But if we have this post, then it should NOT be a Political Appointee.. don't we have 500+ Parliamentarians, the PM, Cabinet etc.. already has so many Political Nominees!

Shruti/Ash> thx for visiting!


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