Monday, 23 July 2012

Does India Need A President?



Its time to bid farewell to Pratibha Patil as Raisina Hill is all set to welcome the 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. I must say, Ms. Patil, the first woman President of the country who had faced widespread criticism over her large number of foreign visits and her plans to build a retirement house on land owned by the defense ministry remained only to be a ritualistic figure.

Found at all times with her head covered and with a gentle smile on her face, she appeared merely to be a symbolic figure that represented the highest office in the country. Though she often emphasized on the need for women empowerment; nothing much was done in this regard. There were a whole lot of things that she could have looked upon, issues that could have been addressed. This makes me wonder, have her predecessors done anything better or rather does India need a President at all?

According to the Constitution of India , the President has several legislative, executive, judicial, military and financial powers. However most of these powers are subject to the approval and consent of the Parliament. So, is the President a rubber stamp, a mere political pawn? 

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The 76 years old Pranab Mukherjee, a veteran politician known for his remarkable knowledge of parliamentary and economic affairs no doubt is an asset to the country. Having started off his career as a clerk, today he stands to be the person who holds the highest office in the country, that of a President. He has come a long way. A store house of knowledge,wisdom and experience he does promise to be "everybody's president". But will he differ from the others? 





21 comments:

  1. Your title brought me to your post

    To begin with, Bills become Acts – only with President’s Consent/ saction.

    President of India, is responsible for appointment of key personnels like CAG, Auditor General of India, Chief Justices in our Judiciary.

    Ofcouse, i know, the tone of your post is not to know their duties but if they exert the requisite Power and Integrity of the Institution. On that front, yes- we need people who can regain respect Raisina Hill duly deserves. In the tensure of our previous President, we gained nothing. We can only hope Pranab Mukherjee brings back the glory- APJ Abdul Kalam had gained.

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    1. Lets hope that Pranab Mukherjee does that...

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  2. But Abdul Kalam was an inspiration right? Of course, Pratibha Patil hasn't lived upto the expectations.

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    1. Abdul Kalam definitely as a person, has inspired many and continues to do the same.

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  3. hopefully so......
    what else can we do!!!

    nice post jessy.

    anu

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  4. Well written dear.... Being a president is not at all a smallest thing but the fact is no one is showing the power which they have in their hand... but yaa Abdul Kalam was exceptional... he was and he is an inspiration for the youth... According to me Prathibha was an utter failure

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    1. However,Pratibha Patil did dispose off several mercy petitions filed by death row convicts that were pending for unknown reasons during her tenure.

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  5. I dont really know much, but I have heard people that President is a mere puppet and he HAS to to what the Parliament says. Can someone tell me its not like it?
    And also, I think Pranab Mukherjee will be a good president, at least better than the last one!

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  6. hmmm....India needs a president and not a prime minister actually ....president with a hell lot of power voted across party line who in turn were voted by the people of India...as far as the current scenario goes...sad we dnt need politics to run India..all r corrupt..bullshitus....... :( :(

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  7. The president usually doesn't have much say... although we do need a strong leader who can put a stop to corruption in politics :/

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  8. The writing on the wall.... in these days of sociopolitical paralysis,the Presidents chair is an ideal pre retirement option.In the instant case, it was literally, lets 'pres!! him down

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