26 September, 2020

Bull's Eye

As Presidential elections near, it's puzzling why so much attention is paid to a post which, through distorted perception, has been reduced to an empty ceremonial husk...

Bull's Eye
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By mid-2007, India’s next president will be elected. Many names are being bandied about. The qualifications of several hopefuls are being assessed. It’s puzzling why so much attention is paid to a post which, through distorted perception, has been reduced to an empty ceremonial husk.

Since the fractured polity precludes any clear winner, there is talk about a second term for President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Speculative press reports indicate that President Kalam would not be averse to a second term if he emerges as the unanimous consensus candidate. One sincerely hopes the speculation is baseless. President Kalam is truly a wonderful human being. But he is a disastrous president. Of all the presidents in independent India, his record is perhaps the worst. He just does not have the will to take on the rogue political class.

A debate goes on about the powers of the president. But even the most conservative view that reduces the president’s powers to a minimum does concede that he must act to protect the Constitution. That is the oath...

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