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Saturday, 16 June, 2007

Is “Rashtrapati” gender-neutral?

Indians never miss a chance to get in to arguments. The moment name of a woman was announced for the post of President of India, self-declared intellectuals got in to an argument whether it will be right to use Rashtrapati for a woman president. Some day that the word Rashtrapati is a constitutional one and does not have any gender connotations. Some others, women activists, see the name of the constitutional post as ‘patriarchal’ and ‘gender-biased’. These people are really blind to the problems the common citizens are facing. Now the media, in league with these people, will waste lot of time, energy and resources on the issue whether a woman can be addressed as Rashtrapati or not.

Pratibha Patil, as deputy chairperson of Rajya Sabha, has been addressed as upsabhapati mahodaya. She can now be addressed as Rashtrapati mahodaya. What is there to argue about it?

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