In our story, Who Should be Next President? (Mar 12), a line reads “The Tatas had a Facebook page devoted to the cause...” The Tatas did not, there was a Facebook devoted to the cause of Ratan Tata for next president. The error is regretted.
When our country has a puppet as a prime minister, who else can you expect to be the president but a rubber stamp (Who Should Be Next President?, Mar 12)? All we wish for is a person untainted by corruption and without any linkages to any political dynasty.
Sumirti S., Salem
The long list of options for the next president surprises me. Is it that difficult to choose the right citizen, who is well-versed in the judiciary and legislature branches, and is capable of executing his/her powers in the best interests of the rest of the countrymen?
Praveen Thimmaiah, Bangalore
The best shoe polisher of the Nehru-Gandhi clan will be the next president, period.
Why is no one thinking of Dr Farooq Abdullah? A Kashmiri at that post would have a soothing effect on the turbulent Kashmir politics. Besides, he is an eminently suitable candidate in all respects.
Samirajan, Portland, US
If the choice of last president Pratibha Patil is any indication, none of these will be the likely nominee.
Pramod K., Phoenix
Why not Dr APJ again? I think he is the best person to inhabit the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The qualifications necessary for an Indian president today: rubber stamp-like, obedient, sycophantic and silent.
Bhagat Singh, Atlantis
J.M. Lyngdoh would make an excellent president, given his impeccable track record so far. However, his intellect, integrity and impartiality will probably come in the way.
D.L. Narayan, Visakhapatnam
Why not a non-BJP, non-Congress person like Deve Gowda?
Achutha Bhat, Bangalore
Abu Abraham’s cartoon in Indian Express on Dec 10, 1975
Remember Abu Abraham’s cartoon in Indian Express (reprinted below) showing Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed signing the Emergency declaration from his bathtub? That’s what the Congress wants.
S.S. Nagaraj, Bangalore
Why scamper around looking for the right (or any) candidate? When the time comes, the ruling coalition will spring a surprise, a la Pratibha Patil.
Sunil Kumar, Delhi
What about Diggy Raja? He has made his case by showing his willingness to take the blame for all of the Congress’s shortcomings. He might be bad for the country, but for the Congress there’s no better candidate than him.
Maha, New Jersey
I think Manmohan will be the best candidate for president. Apart from a change of residence, he won’t find the job description any different.
Ganesan, New Jersey
Not that it matters, I’ll vote for whoever is willing to cut down the expenses of maintaining a president and reduces the number of governors to between 4-6, one for each region.
Arun Maheshwari, Bangalore
Why can’t we tweak our Constitution and elect a president like the French do? Our head of state does not even have the responsibilities borne by the French president.
Ganesa Dilip, chennai
If we can consider Amitabh Bachchan, why not Saif Ali Khan? And Kareena Kapoor as first lady! Just imagine, we could settle international disputes with a headbutt.
Ultimately, we’ll have the perfect rubber stamp. This is what all the parties want—except each wants the stamp for itself.
Joshua Miranda, Chennai
It is worth wondering why ex-cji M.N. Venkatachaliah didn’t find a spot amongst the distinguished on this list. His lordship’s capability and competence has been tested time and again and duly acknowledged.
Amarendra Bajpai, Lucknow
Meira Kumar isn’t a bad choice. Visiting heads of state will no doubt be charmed by her aap baithiye na! And why Amartya Sen? There is no famine on the horizon. Why waste talent? Manmohan hears/sees/ knows nothing and will therefore do nothing. He’s out. As is Pranab da. The accent just won’t cut it. E. Sreedharan? Diehard metroman that he is, he’ll build a station inside Rashtrapati Bhavan and spoil those elegant roses.
Manish Banerjee, Calcutta
When he was Kerala chief minister, A.K. Antony was asked why he never had bodyguards. “The people are my bodyguards,” was his reply. A leader of such broad outlook merits the post instead of the showmen.
K.N. Narayana Pillai, Chennai
As PM, Manmohan Singh has proven his loyalty to the only president that matters. He has also mastered the art of maintaining stoic silence and unfailingly signing on the dotted line.
Gopal Ashrit, Bangalore
It is unfortunate that Dr Karan Singh’s name does not feature here. Considering his political and cultural contributions, the two criteria of examination, and his range of vision for promoting India, is there a better fit for the prez’s seat than he?
Radhanath Pradhan, Orissa
Let me throw Vinod Mehta’s name on the table. As Outlook editor, he founded and presided over what would become the Sonia Gandhi Vyavasthapaka Bhajan Mandali and the Rahul Gandhi Vyavasthapaka Bhashan Samiti in all but name.
Mehul Kamdar, Appleton, US
i vote for azim premji
>> "Where do the comments, which we write here, go?" - PF HS Dimple
Where do the comments, which we write here, go?
I feel that some apolitical person should become the president next!
I am satisfied to behold/see atleast one writer here i.e. Mahasweta Devi in the list of the prospective presidents, and while I wish and want Mahasweta Devi, whose Hazar Chaurasi Ki Maa exposes much of what remains hidden under the files somewhere, is a masterpiece, I FEAR and am really concerned about if that Dr. Manmohan Singh becoming next President. A 'Manmohan' who can play the role of 'rubber stamp' while being the PM of the country, will not hesitate to dance to the tunes of his she-boss Sonia Gandhi, and for Sonia and Co., I am sure, Manmohan is the RIGHT CHOICE, and with his becoming the next 'rubber stamp' i.e. the president, the congress president will have freedom to 'make' her son Rahul Gandhi, the next PM!
Again, on this OUTLOOK platform, today, I foretell Dr Manmohan Singh will be our next President!!! will you bet?
We want anyone to be President, but he/she should be really a president, the head of the state, and not a rubber stamp, as we usually find Indian presidents to be. If we need a rubber stamp as the head of the state, why not use one, i.e. a rubber stamp or a robot, if we want the head to have a head too, albeit artificial or technical. Why we shell out so much salary, to pay to the president, if he has not any onus, other than dancing to the tunes of the ruling party, and reading the 'already written' speeches! At this juncture, when 65 years have passed since we atttained Independence, the president should also be FREE!!!
Pf HS Dimple
this "left liberal" ideology screwed up our nation for too long. no more left thinkers and crony capitalists please.
I would rather prefer a Pranad Mukherjee rather than a Hamid Ansari. The former may not be a cleanest person but he atleast does not pretend his connections with India's biggest industrial house. But the latter is a predatory feudal who fools the country and lives in a bygone erao . He will be another Prathiba Patil who will work behind the screens to make a UPA 3 regime post 2014.
As Manish Banerjee says, Hamid Ansari as Prez will make Rashtrapathi bhavan an extended arm of JNU, 10 Janpath and CPM's headquarters in Delhi. And Pranab will make Rashtrapathi Bhavan a guest house of India's biggest industrial house. Which one is better? Ask the people of West bengal, who rejected 35 years of Leftist Misrule !!
G Niranjan Rao >> Let the Hindus be large-hearted and consent to Hamid Ansari saheb becoming the next President of India . That would raise our stock among the comity of nations the world over.
I am ok with this idea, provided the people of Jammu and Kashmir are large hearted and allow a Hindu to be their Chief Minister for next 5 years. Or maybe we should ask the people of Nagaland and Mizoram to be largehearted and allow a non Christian to be their Chief Minister for a 5 year tenure.
Large Heartedness is not a one way street. Hindu Right brought Mr Kalam as Prez in 2002 and it was the Anti Hindu Left which opposed him bitterly. And everyone knows how the Hindu Hating Left Libtards used every opportunity to abuse and insult the greatest President of india, Shri Abdul Kalam.
BTW, why dont you consider Azim Premji in your list? He is also a non Hindu but not a Gandhi dynasty bootliker and a lazy communist troll like Ansari. And Azim Premji is someone who earnt his bread, unlike the likes of Ansari who are predatory feudal lords belonging to a generation that built a myth on Nehruvian values to fool a billion people on a failed idea.
"Let the Hindus be large-hearted and consent to Hamid Ansari saheb becoming the next President of India . That would raise our stock among the comity of nations the world over."
huh ? Our stock among the comity of nations did not change when we have many many minority presidents, ministers even PM. What is so special about this one that will the hindu large hearted ?
". Let the Hindus be large-hearted and consent to Hamid Ansari saheb becoming the next President of India . That would raise our stock among the comity of nations the world over."
What does Hamid Ansari have that Zakir Hussain, Fakruddin Ali and Abdul Kalam did not have?
'Hamid Ansari saheb becoming the next President of India . That would raise our stock among the comity of nations the world over.'
G. Niranjan Rao
Congress is not in position to impose its choice.Otherwise too Hamid Ansari did favor Congress when he declared session over at 12 night sharp during the discussions of Lok Pal Bill .There was no such time limitations and Rajya Sabha could continued to discuss when the opposition members wanted to extend the time limit.But he did not inspite loud protests by the Opposition .Now the opposition Parties do remember this.
And how the Nation's prestige will rise if Ansari is made Prez ? Since you want Religion the basis then why not any Christian ,Budhist,Jain and other minorities member be Prez. ??
We had already three Muslim Prez in the past. Why not some other Minority Member this time ??
Per practice since Congress nominated Madam Patil as Prez so the Vice Prez should be a nominee of the opposition's choice . Under Congress trampled over this demand and unilaterally nominated Ansari sahib as VC.
>> "He is from the largest minority community of India"
He is a nice person, eminently suited for the post. But, religion is no criteria for his eligibility.
E.Sreedharan and perhaps his school classmate T.N. Seshan (after all he ran as a congress candidate in 1996 LS POLLS) could be considered as consensus candidates
I would support Mr Hamid Ansari's candidature. He is from the largest minority community of India, has experience as the Vice-President, is an educated, cultured, a non-controversial and affable gentleman. Let the Hindus be large-hearted and consent to Hamid Ansari saheb becoming the next President of India . That would raise our stock among the comity of nations the world over.
/// Nehru Gandhi Dynasty and every one of them has/had been a politician.
The one and only exception was Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who is the best president we had.///
Add one more name to this list. Dr Rajendra Prasad (Sardar Patel Group) defeated Nehru's candidate Rajgopalachari in the first ever presidential election (india) and fought and win for second term against Nehru's will. Without MKG's support Nehru was as good as a state leader. You may say even MKGandhi liked and promoted sycophants. What we read today is a rotten history of kangres.
>> "Why to worry for those who never vote for you." - Dinesh
The worry is that the vote-bank should not consolidate to the main opposition.
///It’s the middle class fantasy to have an apolitical president, and we can speculate on names, but it’s a political exercise///Paranjoy Guha Thakurta///
You have some respect still left in our hearts for you so do not comment as a die hard firangi.
From the above list only first 2 persons qualify the requirements of kangres high command. Third is trying hard but would fail. Dada had already dug his grave in 1984. I won't comment for MMS.
A big change is expected in organizational level and ministery portfolio after kangres debacle in UP. May be likes of Sibals and pigvijays would be sent to back office. If BJP wants to survive as a national party Narendr Modi should be projected as national leader. Need not worry for Nitish and Co. Results of recently concluded state elections are also dismal for them. Now only N Modi can do the miracles. Why to worry for those who never vote for you.
Amartya sen and E Sreedhran will fit for the chair of PRESIDENT OF INDIA
Some one may ask, what are the QRs (qualifying requirements) for any one to become the President of India. The answer must lie in the Constitution Of India. But it is not true. it depends on whims and fancies of those who matter. Do we not recollect how an official candidate was defeated. Do we not know what an MP from Rajasthan recently said about what were the QRs. I recollect how in our childhood and later youth we used to listen to the Presidential address on 25 Jan. It carried on for the first three Presidents but after the President volunteered to sweep the streets it just vanished. Why only Presidents even the Governors were looked up to with lot of respect. I do not know whether we can ever have those days back.
When our country has a puppet as a Prime Minister, Whom else can we expect to occupy the position of Presidentship except a Rubber Stamp?! All we could wish, to the greater extent, is to have a person not much tainted by corruption and one who has no lineage or linkage to any political dynasties.
@ Bharat...Pranab would convert Rashtrapati Bhavan into a guest house of Reliance Industries. Kalam was not re-nominated as president since he raised a few concerns on swearing in Sonia as PM and then came the so called "Inner Voice" speech by her. The so called left liberal intellectuals have ruined our policies for too long. High time we get back someone like Kalam who wont act like a rubber stamp again as the President. Afterall, we dont want a rubber stamp to be the first citizen of this country. We have one currently and had several in the past.
Pranab Mukherjee is the best candidate to be the President. He will be the first Bengali to become one and also he has distinguished himself as a great Parliamentarian all these years.
He deserves to end his long distinguished public service as the President of India.
Why scamper around looking for a suitable president? When the time for nominating a name will arrive, the ruling coalition will just ring a surprise with another Pratibha Patil.Do we really intend to have a neutral,upright and learned president.The president is the keeper of soul of the republic.Let it be an impressive choice throughout.
Why not change the stereotype and have some one like Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh (Though he may be still a serving serviceman), Gen VP Malik, Mr BG Varghese, Kuldip Nayyar, Somnath Chatterjee, Najma Heptullah,
Why not a non-bjp,non-congress person like HD Devegowda is not mensioned here?
I suggest Anwaar miyan's name for president.
He's been serving congress loyally, perhaps more loyally than Diggy Raja himself, for many years now.
He has been endorsing all wrongs dont by Congress.
Who would be a better rubber stamp??
>> How the heck is Manmohan Singh a front runner?
Actually, I think it's a distinct possibility. If Rahul has to be projected as the candidate, and not be seen as stepping on the throat of MMS to climb to the throne, MMS can either "voluntarily" retire, or be kicked upstairs.
However, I feel that the most suitable candidate is Meira. When she receives any guests, all she has to do is say "Baith jaiye", of which she has lots of practice.
Of course, she might also say "Shaant ho jaiye" out of habit, which might confuse the crowd.
I think Manmohan Singh would be the best candidate for President. Apart from changing his address, he will not find anything different between the job description of a President and his current job.
So we have the advantage of having a President who, from day one will do nothing-as opposed to others who will go thro' a learning period and then do nothing.
"Film icon Amitabh Bachchan..."
Really??? Are there idiots who believe this-given the breach between the Bachchans and Sonia Gandhi? This is extremely stupid.
"The frontrunners from the political firmament are predictable. Vice-president Hamid Ansari, PM Manmohan Singh,..."
How the heck is Manmohan Singh a front runner? The article is crap.
Why all these permutations and combinations? Straight away select Quattrochi who will be most acceptable to congress President and sycophant congressmen. Or select Meira Kumar. Her father cheated the government by never paying the incometax dues and she never paid the rent for overstaying in the government accommodation but bluffed that she wrote well in advance about vacating.
The Way State elections are turning against Congress/UPA, it appears that for first time in History of India, the opposition has a real chance to defeat a Congress/Nehru dynasty sponsored candidate for Office of President.
As someone said, Najma or Sreedharan or Narayana Murthy should be supported by NDA and other opposition parties (including SP) to preempt Congress from putting a dynasty backing spineless bootliker for the post.
SP , TMC and AIADMK are key players in this poll for sure .
This is an exercise in futility.Whoever is elected president ultimately will be a perfect rubber stamp, as usual..This is what all the political parties want too,except that each wants to have the stamp for itself.
RAMKI>>"How about Shri Digvijay Singh as a possible candidate for Rashtrapathi Bhavan?"
<< Ha..Ha.. I am all for Diggy Raja; Khoob jamega rang, jab mil baithenge teen dost…cyber-dada Sibal, Rahul lapdog Diggy aur 2G architect Chidu and the bollywood actresses cum nautch girls along with their badmash-lafanga heroes must perform the item numbers in the courtyard.
Dont be surprised, for Diggy Raja wud still recant, " Main ab spokesperson toh nahin, magar ae Congress bachane ka bhoot ka virus jab se dimaag main ghusa, mera verbal diarrhoea bandh hi nahin hota…"
In Pratibha's honor, shouldn't the list include the current cooks at 10 Janpath?
Qualifications necessary for Indian President's post today : Rubber stamp, obedient, sycophant and silent. There is no shortage of such people. We are spoilt for choice.
None of those who you mentioned are going to become president.Sonia gandhi would have either ahmed patel or pranab da or anthony in rastrapathi bhawan.While BJP is said to be in favor of either sreedharan or najma heptullah.TRhe regional parties will go with who of the two UPA or NDA has better package offer
".....these people will be out of their depth in the office. It may be a ceremonial office but it’s also a constitutional office.” ..Kumar Ketkar
This esteemed gentleman, a veteran journalist who sounds more like the spokesperson of a political party, is surely not oblivious that "being out of depth" is not a bar to holding any political position in India. In fact, that is a highly desirable quality, considering that the powers that be would want a "rubber stamp" in that exalted office.
I am sure that political appointees to the Presidency like the present incumbent and many others were totally out of depth in that exalted post while, on the other hand, we have the example of Dr. Kalam, a non-political appointee, who was one of our best presidents. It might be a largely ceremonial office, but it becomes crucial when there is a constitutional crisis like a hung parliament, for example.
I personally think that J.M.Lyngdoh would make an excellent president, given his impeccable track record so far. However, his intellect, integrity and impartiality will probably rule out his candidature.
Let me now give me now take up the individual cases
Hamid Answari : Good choice. The Communist Party of India ( Maxists) can then rent out their own premises & set up office at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The rental proceeds can be useded for holidaying of Politbureau members.
Miera Kumar : Not a bad choice either. Visiting Head of States will be charmed when she would say aap baithye na !
Gopal Krishna Gandhi : Non starter. Have sense , even sense of humor . On top of that read too many books.
Narayan Murthy : Good. Can start a labour contract business all over again on those sprawiling compounds.
Azim Premji : Not bad candidate. But Narendra modi will not aprove.
Mahasweta Devi: Not a bad chhoice either. Naxals will desert Chattisgarh & will have run of the state. Never mind Chidambaram would be scandalised.
Fali S. Nariman: If dhansaag is in the menu in State banquates , nobody will lobby for invites.
Amartya Sen : There is no famine in the horizon . Why waste talent?
E. Sreedharan : No way. Incurable metro builder. Will build a Metro station right inside Rashtrapati Bhavan . Tom , Dick or Harry get down & will spoil those elegant roses.
Ratan Tata : Wiil be digusted at the misuse of land at Rashtrapati Bhavan. May statrt a plant right there to cover trucks with sheet metal & call them SUVs.
Manmohan Singh : Not a bad choice. Will hear nothing, know nothing , see nothing & therefore do nothing.
Pranab Mukherjee : Out of question . Accent not good!
Does it really matter?
Not that it matters, I will vote for whoever is willing to cut down on the expenses of maintaining a President and reduce the number of governors to 4-6 (by region - North, East, South, West and Central/North-East as optional).
Since this is unlikely as the vested interests are now well entrenched, the best reaction from the aam-admi should be a hoo-hum with a big yawn - pass the beer and the nuts.
If Ratan Tata cannot be made President , given his preoccupation , some one who has received handwrtitten character certficate from him can always be made the President. Certain A. Raja for example.
In the women's quota, I am surprised that some like Niira Radia is not short-listed. Outlook research team needs an once over.
Why cannot we tweak our constitution, and elect a president. Why can we have our own style of presidential government similar to the lines of fifth french republic. Why is the country state of head does not have any power. Why do not we elect a leader rather than electing a party. The head of the state does not even have any responsibility, just eating tax payers money.
Just a loud thought, could be naive, but i feel it is time to elect leaders than partys.
@ Ramki, please dont equate P Sainath with the likes of Teesta or Mander...he is not corrupt despite having leftist kind of views...P Sainath is the only real journo in the country today...spending more than 300 days in a year in villages rather than in TV studios...
What about Diggi Raja ? He has already made case by showing his readiness to take the blame if congress is defeated in UP.He will be bad for the country, but for congress, there is no better candidate than him
The Contrarian >> No politicians what so ever ... or Congress Kathputlis ... my choices: Naryanamurthy, Ratan Tata or Azim Premji in that order ... period
If you see the list of people who occupied the Rashtrapathi Bhavan since 1952, every one of them - I mean every one of them , except one gentleman had spent his/her life being supporter of the Nehru Gandhi Dynasty and every one of them has/had been a politician.
The one and only exception was Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who is the best president we had.
So for above choices to come true, the Non Congress parties should unite and oppose the Congress choice. But will it ever happen?
My Choices for Madam Sonia are: Digvijay Singh, Azaruddin and Vinod Mehta. All are unique in their own ways but all have common traits that would be loved by the 2G Family.
A suggestion has been made regarding making Bachan as a Prez candidate. Now if bollywood icon is what we want, why dont we have more masala in that? How about Saif Ali Khan? Imagine Saif Ali Khan as president and Kareena Kapoor as first lady. Ah, that will truly make even those who still think India as a place of elephant and monkeys to revise their ideas.
And just to elaborate, our President Saif Ali Khan could settle international disputes through a simple scuffle, leaving the heads of states of our rival nations bloody nosed. And that , of all sounds so wonderful !!!
No politicians what so ever ... or Congress Kathputlis ... my choices: Naryanamurthy, Ratan Tata or Azim Premji in that order ... period
How about Shri Digvijay Singh as a possible candidate for Rashtrapathi Bhavan ? Somehow the office of president of India is always perceived (rightly or wrongly) as being dull and drab. Diggy Raja can make it the most happening place and most hilarious public office ever. Imagine this gentlman as president, taking an official visit to Pak-Afghanistan and paying homage to "Osamaji"..and giving soundbytes like how Osamaji was targeted by RSS so on and so forth.....
Why not Dr. APJ again? I think he is the best person to inhabit the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
I hope that Her Highness Soniaji, His Highness prince RahulJi, His Highness Priyankaji and His Highness Sir Robert Vadhraji also consider many other suitable candidates for the post. Some good candidates exist in Outlook itself like:
Saba Naqi - The untiring journalist who stirves day and night to prove that BJP is the root cause of all evils since 1947
Neelabh Mishra - The resident spokesperson of the oppressed, depressed in Outlook who uses every opportunity to establish his sanctimonious point of view. He beats all readers with his unique style of - Either I am Right Or you are wrong !
Smruthi Koppikar - Another vailant Outlook writer who uses every opportunity to blame Modi, BJP and RSS for all the evils under the SUN.
Mehul Kamdar >> Let me suggest the name of Vinod Mehta for the next President of India.
I hope that Vinod Mehta and his Outlook NAC Comrades read this . A Majority of readers have the same perception of Mehul. It is a matter of shame but then it is too much to expect such things from those who live and die by promoting one dynasty.
Off all the persons under review by the Author, I consider Mr. JM Lyngdoh as the best qualified. His work and experience as a civil servant and subsequently CEC was extraordinary. A simple, honest and impartial person with knowledge of Public Good and so should prove as worthy as Dr APJ as President.
But I know that I am hoping against hope - it is going to be a pliable person like Dr MMS or Dr Ansari with outside chance for Pranabda! These things do not change unless the educated lot take more proactive role in general affairs of the Nation as envisioned by Plato in 'The REpublic'. Till then, it is 'Mera Bharat Mahan' whether it is Congress(I)/BJP or any other political class.
If the choice of last President Prativa Patil is any indicator, none of these will be likely nominee.
Gopal Gandhi would be a good choice as the next President of India.
The one 'who should be' will not be the one 'who will be'.
It is just a meaningless exercise to speculate on next president, mainly when Congress is in power. Any institution is just a political tool for them. So this article is just a "fun and fantasy" one.
I must say, your list is impressive though.
Let me suggest the name of Vinod Mehta for the next President of India. As the now retired Editor of Outlook, he founded and presided over what became the Sonia Gandhi Vyavasthapaka Bhajan Mandali and the Rahul Gandhi Vyavasthapaka Bhashan Samiti in all but name. Traditionally, the President was considered a rubber stamp in the Prime Minister's hands, but in recent years, Manmohan Singh has been a perfect rubber stamp in his leaders' hands. The combination of Manmohan Singh and Vinod Mehta would make the Gandhis' control over India absolute. Old Gandhi family sycophant and Vinod Mehta buddy Khushwant Singh could also be hired to put a case forward for the ultimate party and Gandhi family loud-hailer in the media to be elevated to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. Jai Ho!
Nandan Nilekani was a success in business and made himself available for public service.
I like Samiranjan's suggestion. If we cannot have an apolitical candidate, Dr. Abdullah (despite his strong political affiliations) may be a good choice.
Why no one is thinking of Dr.Farooq Abdullah? A Kashmir at that post would have a soothing effect in the turbulent Kashmir politics. Apart from that, he is a very suittable candidate in all respects.
>> "What is her claim to fame, besides being Jagjivan Ram's daughter and a Dalit?" - G Natarajan
"Shaant ho jaaiye! Shaant ho jaaiye!!
Is't being an icon's daughter and a Dalit good enough to be eligible for any post. And then, I am also a Gandhi loyalist, you see."
- MEIRA KUMAR
What is Meira Kumar doing in that list? What is her claim to fame, besides being Jagjivan Ram's daughter and a Dalit?
Should we reserve the Presidency permamently for the feminists?
After all, they can hardly fight and win an election on their own, can they?
Remember that cartoon showing Fakruddin Ali Ahmed signing the Emergency declaration from his bath tub.This what Congress wants.Using the secular excuse,under Sonia rule it can even be a Catholic Christian like A.K.Antony.Congress will never want an intellectual like Abdul Kalam.
The best shoe polisher of the Gandhis will be the next President. Period....now you slaves.....get to work!!!
Gujarat Legistatively Assembly never will be dissolved under Article 356 and Modi will continue to be CM unless some one like Jail Singh is made the President . Non controversial,suave and soft spoken Gulam Nabi Azad will be the most suitable hatchet man.As Hans Raj type Legal brains have disastrously failed in their mission.
Outlook's list of candidates for 2017 Presidential Elections - Harish Mander,P Sainath, Teesta Setalvad .....
The Outlook Team would want Rashtrapathi bhavan to be an extended version of NAC. Sorry Vinod Mehta and Co, rashtrapathi bhavan belongs to people of India and not just to leftist intellectuals.
My vote for E Sreedharan!
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