The presidency is not the personal fiefdom of any political party
With reference to Barkha Dutt's article President Pranab? (Third Eye, May 12), the President of India is not the president of any party or government but of the republic. The founding fathers of our Constitution did not restrict the presidency to politicians and so any eligible citizen of India can be elected president. The presidency is not something a ruling party can give to its members as a reward for loyalty. The president is required to act as per the provisions of the Constitution, not according to the political convenience of the ruling party. Our system of electing a president enables the ruling party to get a person of its choice and then use him or her as a rubber stamp, the worst example of which was during the Emergency. Today, if the citizens of the country are given a chance to elect their president, APJ Abdul Kalam will win easily.
MC Joshi, Lucknow
The Congress seems to have made up its mind to nominate Pranab Mukherjee as its presidential candidate. His loyalty to the Congress is not in doubt. But does modern India need another politician as president? There is no harm in having another politician as president, but such an appointment defeats the purpose of having a truly non-partisan president. Instead of electing the president from one party, it would be worth exploring the idea of a consensus candidate. Such a candidate will give more credibility to the post of the president.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
Aamir Khan, dil mange more
With reference to Namita Bhandare's article We say 'bring it on' (Another Day, May 12), when superstars like Aamir Khan take up something important, people do take notice. Yes, 'bring it on' is indeed the right attitude.
Bishan Bedi, via email