With reference to Vir Sanghvi’s Presidential politics (Counterpoint, May 13), it is difficult to find convincing
arguments about why President Abdul Kalam needs to be replaced. Besides having a scientific temperament, he is an eminent author, has lent dignity to his office and connects well with people of all ages. The fact that ‘he had his time in the sun’ is a point in his favour as he brings a certain amount of experience with him.
Vinay Kapur, via e-mail
It is a sad commentary that even the election of the President is mired in controversies and dirty politics. We had only two eminent Presidents in the past, Rajendra Prasad and S. Radhakrishnan. It is time to revisit our Constitution and make amendments. All politicians should be banned from occupying this august office. Only eminent people from other fields should be considered. The President should be empowered with a veto on cabinet
decisions that are not in the best public interest.
N Dinakaran, via e-mail
On a High Note
RM Patwardhan’s article Rhythm King (Radio Days, May 13) about O.P. Nayyar was informative and made for good reading. But the song he mentions Chhota sa Balam is not from the film Ragani but from Kalpana. Nayyar was the only music director who composed music for six films (Dhake ki Malmal, Mr and Mrs 55, Jaali Note, Phagun, Howrah Bridge and Do Ustad) on the trot. He used the voice of Nirmala Devi (mother of actor Govinda) along with Mohammed Rafi for Jhute Zamane Bharke in the film Musafirkhana.
Suresh Bhatia, Delhi
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