Grandma's Tales

May 30, 2007

Do you want Abdul Kalam re-elected? 3

Filed under: Games People Play,Government — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 6:39 pm

May be you do. And a lot of Indians do too, whichever part of the world they live in. But it looks like there is little chance of our very student-friendly President continuing in the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. In a TV channel poll he may have got the maximum number of votes in support, but that may be his last hurrah as the country’s first citizen. Sad.
When Kalam became Prez and made his very benign presence felt at RB, even those who who were wondering if we needed that office (mostly ceremonial, they argued) stopped arguing. We all felt it was a matter of great prestige for India to be represented by a scientist, a man of great thinking and above all someone who knows the pulse of the people. He came through as someone who genuinely cared about what was happening to the country, who took his responsibilities seriously. His greatest achivement in office is perhaps bringing children into its ambit. He brought that effort to a point where kids began to say they wanted to be Prez of India when they grew up. Talk of role models!
His “Wings of Fire” is a bestseller. People with disabilities feel he is their friend. I loved the way he went out and said, “Why can’t we have a two-party system?” Two political parties, of course. To him, this probably meant less horse-trading, less corruption and more progress. He must have been disgusted by the lack of cohesion at the centre now.
Four candidates have been proposed by the centre (of power) for the Prez election – Pranab Mukherjee, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Shivraj Patil and Arjun Singh. So the office will be occupied by a political guy. No scientist. And no women in the race.
May be I’ll start praying Arjun Singh should be elevated to this august post. If Sonia Gandhi has her reasons for proposing his name, I have mine why he should win.


  1. I think Kalam has been a great President in his first stint as President. He showed guts and demonstrated audacity to break the mould of a figurehead that politicians expected him to be. If he runs for it again, the bozzos in New Delhi will squirm and give him hell.

    Wish him robust health, happiness and cheer. You were great APJ, take care !

    Comment by Krishna — May 31, 2007 @ 7:02 am | Reply

  2. Oops…Gita, please delete `President’ occuring a second time in my first sentence. I forgot to edit.


    Comment by Krishna — May 31, 2007 @ 7:03 am | Reply

  3. Hi Krishna, thanks for stopping by. Don’t worry about the word “President” occurring twice in the sentence. I think it is fine. It looks like you want some emphasis here. If you want to remove one “President” :-)If you want one of them to go, you’ll have to remove either “a” or “as” as well.
    I think Kalam has been great in his first stint as President.
    I think Kalam has been a great President in his first stint.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 31, 2007 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  4. Nice Post:)
    Here is one more story of an old President
    A P J Abdul kalam

    Comment by Deepak Shrivastava — July 28, 2007 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  5. Thanks Deepak Shrivastava. Your comment inspires me to write another post on Kalam.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — July 29, 2007 @ 1:49 am | Reply

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