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The president's office is not a parking slot for retired politicians

india Updated: Apr 27, 2012 00:01 IST
Hindustan Times

The president's office is not a parking slot for retired politicians
Rajdeep Sardesai in Not a luxury suite (Beyond The Bite, April 20) narrates the virtues of past occupants of Rashtrapati Bhavan. It is true that some presidents were role models while others did not enhance the grace associated with the office. The latter just tried to please their political masters and take care of their comforts. There are plenty of suitable candidates in the country that political parties can decide on. The system of accommodating politicians past their prime for this august office should be stopped.
--SS Kwatra, Bhopal

Sardesai is right in stating that the post of president has become a tool of political convenience and expediency. The credentials of a candidate should not only be impeccable but command respect from all sections of society. Rajendra Prasad, S Radhakrishnan, Zakir Hussain and APJ Abdul Kalam maintained the dignity of this office and represented the voice of India.
--Ashok Goswami, Mumbai

Sardesai is right in arguing that our next president should not be chosen by virtue of his or her caste, community or gender. The highest office of the land should be occupied by honest and non-controversial individuals of high-calibre.
--Taposh Bhattacharya, Bhopal

Fighting disease to remain fit
Ban Ki-moon in Securing the future (April 25) focuses on significant progress made in controlling diseases like polio, malaria and tuberculosis. In fact, social schemes like cash incentives, insurance and advanced technology have benefited healthcare across the world. The deployment of more doctors, researchers, paramedical staff, and health and social workers will be useful to combat health-related crises, especially in rural areas.
--AS Malhotra, Delhi

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First Published: Apr 27, 2012 00:00 IST