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Mrs. Pratiba Patil: The first woman President of India

Updated on September 24, 2011

Mrs. Pratiba Patil has been elected as the first woman President of India. Celebrations are called out through out India by the ruling alliance, as if some wonder has happened. The opposition is very restrained to make any comment because they don't want to be portrayed as parties against women. Media in India is also jumping ground to sky as if India has conquered the world. Leaders should evolve, not to be created. In the Presidential election in India, the political party which has the majority support of the Members of Parliament and Members of Legislatures can make anybody as President. Moreover President of India is only a nominal head and all the executive powers are rested with the Parliament only. If it is so, what purpose it going to serve, in making a woman as President?

India has already seen a woman in the post of Prime Minister itself. Mrs. Indira Gandhi, one of the dominating Prime Minister of India ruled the country more than seventeen years. During her regime the Press used to jocularly mention that Mrs. Gandhi was the only man in her cabinet! She was such a popular and powerful personality. But this much celebration did not happen when she was elected as the first woman Prime Minister of India. That was the real occasion to be celebrated. Indians have seen many women in the post of Chief Ministers too like Mrs. Nandini Satpathy, Mrs. Jayalalitha, Mrs. Mamtha Banerjee, and Mrs. Uma Bharathy etc. These women had also proved their leadership quality during their rule. Even Mrs Pratiba Patil was the Ex Governor of Rajasthan. So there is nothing special to have a woman President in India. If at all the political parties want to do some good for the women they have to admit 33% reservation for women and many other things to improve their life. Instead of that, only by making a woman as President nothing can be achieved. The election of Mrs. Pratiba Patil can be welcomed, but it can not trigger any change in the socio economic scenario of the women community in India.

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      NOIDIAN 9 years ago

      I would have been happy, if Mrs Pratiba had been the first choice of the Congress party. When Congress party failed to convince its left partner, it played this game of women candidate, and forced the left to accept. It clearly shows that Mrs Pratiba has become President out of compulsion not out of choice. We should not give much importance to the media hype. It is always the nature of the Indian media to hype any issue and later regret over it. Comparing Mrs Gandhi with Mrs Pratiba is totally unacceptable to me. My firm opinion is that only two equally talented persons should be compared.

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      mediamen 9 years ago

      THIS IS 100% CORRECT. IN INDIA PRESIDENT POST IS NOT CONSIDERED

      AS POWERFUL. SO THERE IS NO IMPORTANCE WHETHER PRESIDENT IS A MAN OR WOMAN. POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ALWAYS EXPLODE THINGS OUT OF NOTHING.

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      Rudra 9 years ago

      she is just a rubber stamp for the congress

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      shivraj 9 years ago

      As a president of such a huge nation burdened under pandemics, poverty and illiteracy Mrs. Patil should envisage a vision of taking India few steps ahead. No matter who is the leader, its is success that matters.

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      shailini 9 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thanks for sharing the article which make every indian woman proud

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      Rudra 9 years ago

      I am not sure what this president can do. She is just a lame duck the congress party uses.

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      IĆ°unn 9 years ago

      Argentina just elected their first woman President too, in October. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

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      pratiba patil 8 years ago

      thanks for your lovely comment i think i need to gift you

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      Narinder kaur 8 years ago

      hello madam.. you did all things very good i also want a chance.. plz give me a chance

      thanx..

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      janice 8 years ago

      im not sure what this president can do . she is a dog in our house.

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      swati manohar 8 years ago

      plzzzzz @lst u can do something i hope

      plz stop the production of alcohol and cigaretee

      plz plz plz plz .......

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      anjani kumar 8 years ago

      was the real occasion to be celebrated. Indians have seen many women in the post of Chief Ministers too like Mrs. Nandini Satpathy, Mrs. Jayalalitha, Mrs. Mamtha Banerjee, and Mrs. Uma Bharathy etc. These women had also proved their leadership quality during their rule. Even Mrs Pratiba Patil was the Ex Governor of Rajasthan. was the real occasion to be celebrated. Indians have seen many women in the post of Chief Ministers too like Mrs. Nandini Satpathy, Mrs. Jayalalitha, Mrs. Mamtha Banerjee, and Mrs. Uma Bharathy etc. These women had also proved their leadership quality during their rule. Even Mrs Pratiba Patil was the Ex Governor of Rajasthan

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      subha 7 years ago

      she is great

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      isha agarwal 6 years ago

      i hove her

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      Sakshi D. Chogle 6 years ago

      Mrs. Patil is going great with her job so far, she has proved that she is just not an escape goat, rubber stamp or duck as others commented.She is one of the powerful lady today being the first lady President of our democratic nation.Its easy for people to pass judgments without doing any creative work.

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      R.Nagarajan 5 years ago

      Indeed, you have rightly touched the core issue of 33% reservation for women. When it still remains a distant dream, you try to trigger the change in the scenario of women community in India by comparing the purpose in making woman as President of India. Very nice

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