Date: 15 Apr 2012


PRATIBHA PATIL. When we heard her name, our first reaction was, SONIA'S NOMINEE. Why? \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The reason is that the Italian "brat" does not wish to look into a MAN'S eyes. Hence all the top posts that she has to speak to, are WOMEN. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The Speaker of Parliament, the Chief Minister of Delhi State, and even the Supreme Commander and President. The PM is also behaving like a woman and is so docile before her. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Amazing, that for a FOREIGNER our Bharat has to shed all MANLINESS. The only MAN seems to be SHAH RUKH KHAN. Govt of Sonia lodged a strong protest with the USA when this MUSALMAN-beiman-shaitan-haiwan- was held up for security clearance in New York last week. What a pity that the world's No. 1 Super Power obliged! They were shrewd enough to spot the only MAN from the world of women back home, i.e., INDIA!\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ God help such "Hijda" Hindusthan. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx15 Apr 12. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ========== In a message dated 15/04/2012 20:32:23 GMT Daylight Time, \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\.com writes: \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Will Prathivha Patil really move in to the tax-payer funded newly built 261,000 sq feet home after July in spite of this being a defence land and breaks every rules and regulations under the sun. Surely, there must a way to stop this mindless abuse of power either by obtaining an order from the Supreme Court or High Court or suing the person who is responsible for this decision. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ This occupation must be stopped but who will bell the cat. This president has proved herself from the beginning, that, she is lowest of the low and the word SHAME she never heard in life. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ A very well written & TRUTHFUL Article. Will help U in ur 'Mission' of the "JUSTICE for JAWANS' \ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ The ‘token’ woman President \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ By xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ I don’t know how many people, if one took a straw poll, would say that they like or even admire Ms Pratibha Patil, our esteemed President. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Haven’t you often wondered how she reached where she is today — because she appears to be spectacularly lacking in any specific talent, apart from dressing in the 19th century long-sleeved blouses? Only someone who has dwelt for a long time in air-conditioned rooms could cover herself from head to toe the way Ms Patil does. But sadly she could not cover up the many scandals which have dogged her tenure with the same ease. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ It remains a complete mystery why, in a country which has so many better qualified and much more deserving women (if Ms Patil was indeed chosen on the basis of gender), it had to be her? Did the Congress party simply want someone who would acquiesce to its requirements? Even if a ‘figurehead’ president had to be chosen — couldn’t they find someone who was not so obviously chosen for what she would not do? Ms Patil will be remembered mainly because she has had no memorable impact on anything. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ But what a wasted opportunity her five years have been! \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ In an India where women are being abused and battered, and where the sex ratio is getting alarmingly skewed — we desperately needed not a demure and diminutive (pun intended) figure —but someone who was bold and outspoken on issues of gender. Or someone who took an imaginative lead on what the President could achieve on social change, if not on political issues. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ She could have taken the lead and used Rashtrapati Bhavan, as the highest office of the land, and become pro-active in creating a gender-neutral environment. She could have even announced how she is changing the staffing pattern of Rashtrapati Bhavan, making it more favourable towards women. She could have used the many rooms within the Bhavan to hold regular brainstorming sessions with members of the public about why this wonderful country’s gender ratio is reaching dangerous proportions. She could have even tried to suggest important policy changes in this matter — and made the governors of all states, who report to her, follow a gender neutral agenda and take on a stronger social role in promoting equality between the sexes. Not as an academic exercise, but as a passionate piece of advocacy, where they could have supported social change whilst not interfering in the political agenda of the states. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ But alas, Ms Patil chose to turn the proverbial blind eye — quite forgetting that apart from her docility, she was also chosen because she is a woman. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ And now of course, she will also be remembered for the fact that she has chosen a rather grandiose retirement home in Pune. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ But why would we have expected anything different? After all, this President showed no interest in frugality during her tenure. Whilst at least the leader of the Congress Party, Ms Sonia Gandhi, did press for less luxurious living for all those in government (and even travelled economy class), it made little difference to most members of Parliament and certainly not to the President. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Given that at least 30 per cent of the population of this country lives on under Rs 30 a day, she has been known to routinely hire private aircraft on presidential visits. The argument that the prestige of the country is at stake if the President travels with less pomp and entourage does not hold up. One forgets that personality often dictates the reception one gets: if Mahatma Gandhi in his loincloth could raise the profile of India, why couldn’t Ms Patil with her nine-yard silk saree? \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ But it is certainly a tempting argument to fall for, and the bureaucracy and spokespersons at Rashtrapati Bhavan will no doubt give an interesting spin why so much had to be spent on Ms Patil’s travels. The fact remains that this is a figurehead President who got very lucky in being chosen for a post she would have never got in an open selection. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ So is this time, therefore, to take stock and find out if we need to change the way in which our President and governors are chosen? Why are we, the taxpayers, spending so much on these motley men and women who are merely given sinecures by their grateful political masters, but have nothing to contribute towards the well-being of the country? \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Indeed, the saga of Ms Patil’s retirement home fits in very well with the tragic way in which Presidents are selected. While Rashtrapati Bhavan’s spin masters have again leapt to her defence stating that she needs this large (2.60 lakh square feet, according to one estimate) estate to live in comfortably, shouldn’t the taxpayers of this country have at least a right to ask why she needs such a large space? According to one report, if a ready bungalow is not available for the President’s retirement, the leased area taken for her would not exceed 2,000 square feet (living area). Even by those standards, by knocking together two bungalows the living area here seems much more than 2,000 square feet. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ It is also astonishing that so much has already been done to accommodate this President’s retirement plans, including the destruction of a British-era bungalow on defence land. Usually there are very strict rules about this. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Perhaps this is a ‘Thank you’ note from the government for services well rendered? But what has she done for the country that we should gratefully bestow this prestige and honour upon her? \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ =========================== 000000000