Action plan for the new President

Apart from being the candidate of the ruling United Progressive Alliance at the Centre, the strongest point in favour of Mrs Pratibha Patil for getting elected as the President of India was that she is a woman. So, what does the nation expect from her?

First, of course, she should not conduct herself as a stooge of the Congress party or have any inclinations towards a particular state or political party. Secondly, she must uphold the highest constitutional propriety. Thirdly, she must strive every nerve towards the uplift of women.

The rich and the educated do know how to take care of themselves. The new President has to focus on the rural women and contribute her mite towards their literacy and employment. She will have to work out a five-year Action Plan for the task and galvanise the government machinery to deliver on this count. Speeches and visits alone won’t help. It will have to be solid hard work on the ground.


Pratibha Patil will be remembered not only as the first woman President of India but Madam President who made a difference to over 150 million deprived women of this country. We wish her all the best in her endeavours.

MADHU SINGH, Army School, Ambala Cantonment


Congratulations to Pratibha Patil on her spectacular victory in the presidential elections. Having occupied prestigious posts in the last four decades, she has shown her competence. The President’s post will lift her stature. She will also add grace to the office and will do justice to the duties enshrined under the Constitution.

Now that she has taken over as the President, all the political parties should extend full cooperation to her in the exercise of her functions as the Head of the State.



Pratibha Patil’s victory in the presidential elections was never in doubt. The UPA had a clear majority in the electoral college as against the NDA. The day she was nominated as the UPA candidate, supported by the Left parties, her win was a  foregone conclusion.

I feel Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat should not have contested against Pratibha Patil as he knew well that he was no where in the game of numbers. In any case, the NDA should hereafter stop playing negative politics. As Pratibha Patil aptly said, her win is a “victory of constitutional principles and values”.

SUNDER SINGH GIANI, Dialpura (Mohali)


We will be failing in our duty if we don’t place on record the unique contributions of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as the President. In an age where the occupants of high public offices hardly evoke any enthusiasm and spirit in the young minds, Dr Kalam made a great difference. He caught the children’s attention and was able to evoke a sense of hope and optimism among them.

He has provided the real leadership to the nation and inspired millions of people through his vision for 2020. We must salute Dr Kalam for his services to the nation.

Prof. P.S. BHOGAL, Ludhiana


Indeed, Dr Kalam deserved a second term as President. He was known for his high professional competence, honesty and integrity. India was lucky to have a President of Dr Kalam’s stature. Finally, the Congress-led UPA had its way by foisting Pratibha Patil as the President despite questions raised by some quarters about her integrity.



Mush must order elections

I endorse the view in the editorial, “Snub for General” (July 21) that Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf must respect the Supreme Court order reinstating suspended Chief Justice Chaudhary.

During a visit to Pakistan, a few Pakistanis told me that they have great respect for two things in India: our democratic setup and judicial system. The Pakistan SC ruling shows that it is following the footsteps of the Indian judiciary.

As regards restoring democracy in Pakistan, General Musharraf should first hang up his boots and order elections immediately. Any further delay in this regard would only expose his credentials.

AMAR JIT SINGH GORAYA, Griffith NSW (Australia)

Not a rare herb

I have read a news-item from Dharamsala under the title, “Rare herb discovered”. In fact, the herb (argemmone maxicana) is not “rare” as Mr Guleria has claimed to be. It is so common. It has been an obnoxious weed in the arid regions of Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana. In Punjab, its common name is pohli or kandiali.

G.L. BANSAL, Prof and Head (Plant Physiology Dept), CSK HP Agri University, Palampur



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