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Sunday, May 6, 2007


Before writing anything about India’s president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam I must say that the views expressed are only my personal views. So, in case I make any ‘bad’ comment about any person or Organization, please don’t take it seriously and / or officially. If you see information is wrong, kindly forgive me.

In the recent years whichever TV channel or newspaper you open, you will find that ‘everybody’ is exited about who will be India’s president. Whether Prez. Kalam be given a second term? The group of ‘everybody’ can be subdivided into three categories, namely, friends of Prez. Kalam, opponents of Prez. Kalam and Favour - seekers of Prez. Kalam.

What is the major good work of Prez. Kalam? Visit schools and converse with children and give them some gyan.

What are the causes for the popularity of our respected president? Very simple. The causes are mainly two : -

1) Support and love from those children whose natural thought processes were brain-washed by Kalam himself.
2) Shameless support from some favour – seeker media persons.

It is a great irony that in India, where many people are daily – earners and many people remain starved, crores of rupees are allocated in defence system, plenty of defence researches and missile development programmes go on and a person is chosen as the president who is called the ‘Missile Man’ of India.

A personal who is a good scientist, it is very unlikely that he can be a good manager / leader / motivator also. So, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam may be a good scientist, it is very much foolish to treat him as the greatest mentor for our country.

India has a vast talented people. So. Prez. Kalam is elected for a second time, foreigners will think that India has less eligible, qualified people who can be considered for country’s top ranked post.

Love for children is always very good. But a president must take care of his countrymen when they are in distress. Ask anybody what is Mr. Kalam’s role in the Singur or Nandigram incident? What a modern scientist like Mr. Kalam thinks about Reservation Policy of HRD ministry at IIMs and IITs of our country? No answer. That makes his job incomplete. Big dialogues can not make a man big. His work does.

My dear countrymen should analyse Mr. Kalam’s work properly. Then, they can take decisions about whether the president should be elected for a second time or not.

Latest Addition on Presidential Election : - What is the significance of employing Pratibha Patil as UPA candidate for presidential poll of India? There are some positive and negative impact for this.

Points favouring Pratibha Patil : -

Since, Pratibha Patil has already acted as the governor of Rajasthan, it would go in her favour, because she has already an experience of handling a state.

Female candidates for any administrative post in India are as eligible as their male counterparts. Pratibha Patil is the right choice for the proof of this fact.

For the stability of UPA government, choice of a female candidate like Pratibha Patil would be better option because Leftists have no opposition against Pratibha Patil as they have against Shivraj Patil.

Unlike Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Dr. Kalam, Pratibha Patil has the background of an educationist which purely matches with former Indian presidents K R Narayanan and S Radhakrishnan.

Bhairon Singh Shekhawat has recently said, if Dr. Kalam contests for presidentship, then he retrieve his name from the candidates’ list. He did not even consult his party BJP before this comment. This shows how much weak personality he has. Pratibha Patil, on the other hand, has not made this type of loose comments which shows her stronger personality for presidential race.

During voting, Pratibha Patil may get votes from Shiv Sena which may be considered as a threat for NDA and Third Front’s voting strength.

Points against Pratibha Patil : -

Bhairon Singh Shekhawat who is the BJP candidate, has already the experience of working as a vice president which has certainly more effect than Pratibha Patel’s working as a governor.

Shivsena chief Bal Thackeray has support for Pratibha Patil because of her Maharashtrian origin. So, we can ask why not we, the people of Bengal shouldn’t support Pranab Mukherjee, Somnath Chatterjee or even Jyoti Basu as presidential candidate as because they are of Bengali origin? I personally believe that when Jyoti Basu missed the chance of becoming prime minister of India, that was a historic blunder. This time again he and other two Bengalies have missed the chance of becoming president of India. So, history has repeated itself.

So, regionalism issue may portray Pratibha Patil in a wrong way in the people’ s mind.

Below I am giving a small synopsis of the other two candidates although I'm not sure whether Dr. Kalam will campaign this time or not. ----

Bhairon Singh Shekhawat : He is the weakest among all the three candidates. (the other two being Pratibha Patil and Dr. Kalam). Although the competition for presidential election has become a nasty game, Mr. Shekhawat has indirectly strengthened this nasty game by deciding to withdraw his name from the healthy contest. That does not prove his good or bad attitude but it clearly proves that he has a weak personality and his mind can bend down to the interest of some regional political parties who have lost their grounds in their own states.

Now, both UPA and NDA is saying that their candidate's past activities are not transparent, that is quite saddening.

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam : The person who is called the ‘Missile Man’ of India, is trying to act like a missile on his competitor(s). But there is a sharp contrast in his activities. Missiles signify the devastating weaponry system of War. At least, I don’t know about any missile that can carry flowers, chocolates or cakes from one place to another. They carry weapons of mass destruction. Now, interaction with children symbolizes a picture of Peace and harmony. War and Peace can not go side by side for the same person. That is the most contrasting phenomena I’ve found in Dr. Kalam’s characteristics. But apart from this, I think he is an honest man. I personally like interacting with children. So, anybody, who likes that I can not have hatred against him / her. Besides that, Kalam should be given credit for staying such long years as an effective president if not a successful president. Although he can not be put in the same league of India’s eternal heroes like Bapuji, Netaji, Swami Vivekananda, etc. , but he must be admired as one of the respectable president India has ever obtained.

Whatever the situation may be, I would like to see a change for the presidential post. Perhaps, India is on her way of getting the first female president – our Madam President, if not nasty political games are not played.

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