Grandma's Tales

June 18, 2007

Pratibha Patil, BS Shekhawat and now Kalam!

Filed under: Games People Play,Government,Society — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 9:37 pm

We live in interesting times. The third front met today (they are going to call themselves United National Progressive Alliance, mockingly, I feel) and have decided to throw their weight behind APJ for another term! The UNPA (hey, that sounds global!) is against any Congress nominee. They cannot be seen as supporting an NDA candidate either, can they? So who better than Kalam who has distinguished himself as a purposeful Prez and endeared himself to the nation?
Will Kalam agree to join the”race”? Not likely. Remember, five years ago he was the consensus candidate.
There was this hot debate on NDTV about Pratibhatai’s nomination as the Presidential candidate. “What do we know about her?” asked Shoba De. “”Where was her name during the process? She’s a convenient candidate,” bristled Madhu Kishwar. “Let’s give her a chance,” appealed editors of DNA and Outlook. “Why didn’t the media suggest a woman’s name?” asked a member of the audience. “She has impeccable credentials. How can you say all this about this most suitable candidate?” thundered Renuka Chowdhary. She didn’t have a very good answer for why the Congress did not bring up her name during the discussion stage. Give her a chance, yeah, may be, I thought. After all, Indira Gandhi was a (default) consensus candidate and what a PM she turned out to be!
But, did you read the news today?
Governor Pratibha Patil goes to Udaipur to take part in this function to mark the 467th birth anniversary celebrations of Maharana Pratap Singh. There she chooses to talk about Indian culture and the Muslim veil. She says the system began during the Mughal times, “to save women from Mughul invaders”. She then adds that there is a need to put a stop to such practices. “That alone will ensure real respect for women… It is our duty to discontinue such practices.”
Ms. Patil did not sound like a Congress woman at all. Comments like these are more likely to come from you-know-where. Also, her statement could be factually incorrect. As a person occupying (when she does) that stately building on Raisina Hill, this is the kind of remark she must keep from making. Who is the last person who said “she is non-controversial”?
If she felt compelled to talk about women’s progress, shouldn’t she have touched on equitable opportunities and the freedom of choice? She could have talked about education, she could have recommended healthcare. Instead she talks of the veil!
“This will ensure real respect for women” indeed! Has she talked to people who are imposing dress codes on women?
What if I want to wear the veil? Can I exercise that choice, please? Ok, there may not be Moghul invaders charging down on us, but how safe is my life now? You mean I throw off my veil and bingo, I am free, safe with assured opportunities for education and jobs and am allowed to exercise my rights? The glass-ceiling will come crashing down?
Just one last doubt, Pratibhatai. If the veil is so restrictive for you, shouldn’t that pallu over your head get the same treatment? What is that for? What is the need to cover your head and parts of your face?


  1. […] Pratibha Patil, BS Shekhawat and now Kalam […]

    Pingback by What problem does the Congress have with Kalam | Writing Cave — June 20, 2007 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  2. Awesome Ma’am

    Comment by Srinivasan — June 20, 2007 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks, guys. I sincerely wish Kalam would jump into the fray with his usual gusto, however difficult it may be for him to win this “race”. Naidu is hopeful!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — June 20, 2007 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

  4. WOW!This should be in the newspaper making headlines so HUGE that it should grab Ms.Patil’s attention! Awesome logic Ma’am! I’m all for Mr.Kalam!

    Comment by Karishma — June 22, 2007 @ 5:55 pm | Reply


    Shrimati Indira Gandhi was the first Women Prime Minister of India, but she behaved like as if she was the Iron man of India. The victory in 1971 Pakistan war was a historic moment in her life. She had taken our country to a global level. She had also made a huge contribution in Nuclear Power, as a result of which we are also a Nuclear Power in the world.

    Shrimati Sonia Gandhi sacrificed the post of Prime Minister and set a huge example of her love towards our country. She also looks and behaves very similar to Indira Gandhi. When I see her on television I think that as if Shrimati Indira Gandhi is standing in front of me. She had made an historic decision by nominating Shrimati Pratibha Patil for the post of President of India. Although our country is Male Dominated she had set her mark by getting nominated for the post of President and this proves that Women in India are now a strong force to deal with.

    After Sixty years of Independence a Woman leader is going to become the President of our country which is a beginning of a Revolution. Since she had born in Maharashtra which is the birth place of Shivaji and she got married in Rajasthan which is the birth place of Maharanapratap. Therefore she possesses all the qualities of these leaders and she is taking their pride to Delhi.

    Shrimati Pratibha Patil had born on 19th December 1934 in Jalgaon. She is a Taurean and her Nakshatra is Rohini. From Moon to fifth house Mars is situated which shows that she is very intelligent. Since Ketu is situated in her third house she is very daring in taking decisions. This can be seen from the fact that after marriage she refused to keep the surname of her husband and kept her own surname ‘Patil’ which was a very big thing in that time. In today’s world women can inspire from Shrimati Pratibha Patil and make their own identity after marriage also.

    Saturn is situated in her tenth house which is providing her success in every walk of life. Coincidentally her Nineth and Tenth house lord is also Saturn. According to Parashar rule it is a very big Rajyog and hence she can definitely become the President of India.

    In the coming time it is very necessary for us to wake the Women Power in our country to save our country from Terrorism and other Illegal Activities.
    With God’s grace we have to get rid of all the Devil power which is stopping our country to become the most powerful nation of the world. During the Pakistan war Shrimati Indira Gandhi had made an historic moment. Since 1971 war nobody has created an impact like Indiraji as she had done in her time. Prime Minister like Atal Bihari Vajpayee was also not able to cross the border line of Pakistan at the time of Kargil War. As a result of which we had to face a very serious loss. If we would had Indira Gandhi at that time instead of Atal Bihari Vajpayee we would had cross their border and given them a beating of a life time.

    Lately, but Sonia Gandhi has awakened the Women Power in India. In the coming future 33% Women reservation bill have to be pass and this will happen in the present Loksabha till 2008. Our country is going through a revolution of Women Power and we will soon be observing an era which is totally Women Dominated. Now the time has come in which Women should be equally respected like Men, because according to my calculation Women are the future of our Country.

    Shrimati Sonia Gandhiji you should move forward towards development of our country because the whole nation is with you. Although you come from a Royal family you behave like a common woman. Looking at the stars of Pratibha Patil she is definitely going to become the President of our country Shrimati Sonia gandhiji has done a very good job by nominating her name for the post of President and it will be very beneficial for our country.

    – Pt. Shyam Sharma
    Cell: 9833847174

    Comment by Shyam Sharma — June 28, 2007 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

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