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Saturday, 9 June, 2007

Should a rejected politician become President of India?

I am feeling disturbed on the news that congress is campaigning for Shivraj Patil for the post of President of India. I am not personally against him. But I have high respect for democratic institutions and feel hurt when these are violated. In last Lok Sabha polls, Mr, Patil was defeated in the election. Majority of the voters rejected him. As an ideal politician he should have temporarily retired from politics and associated himself in public service to regain credibility in the eyes of the people. But he was made Home Minister. It was a negation of the will of the people, a strike at the root of democracy.

Now he is being projected as President of India. The number game and dirty politics might see him thru but it will be a serious blow to democratic principles. I person rekjected by people becomes President. When a dalit became president, throughout his career he was called a dalit president. What Mr. Patil will be called,a people-rejected president.

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