This is with reference to Not all the President’s men by Barkha Dutt (June 16). The recent trend of fractured verdicts has instilled an insecurity complex in the minds of political parties. The president can be a decisive influence in government formation in the era of coalition politics.
Keeping this fact in mind, Pratibha Patil’s choice is a compromise forced by the complex factors that shape politics in India. There was the option of going beyond party politics and selecting a candidate of a superior stature, but this did not happen. However, as far as Patil’s candidacy is concerned, it is a welcome sign for women’s empowerment in India. Who knows, she may end up as a great president.
Ramesh Kumar Raja, Delhi
What we need in a president is a clean and non-controversial image, knowledge of the Constitution and a person who can carry the post with dignity and élan. Ms Pratibha Patil fits the bill. As for her being an unknown candidate, how many people knew the track record of many of our earlier presidents?
Amit Bhandari, New Delhi
Whether it is the Congress, the third front or NDA, no party has emerged with their reputation intact in the wake of the choosing a candidate for president. Instead, the whole thing has become a mess with unflattering things about Pratibha Patil coming to light. A presidential candidate must have impeccable credentials. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam brought lustre to the job as President. It is unfortunate that he had to go out in such a manner.
B Satyanarayana, Mysore
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