Saturday, July 21, 2007

India elects its first female President

First of all congratulations to Dr. Pratibha Patil for being the first female President of India. I would have liked to see Dr. Kalam re-elected but I guess he was not a Congress' loyalist. Good for him, he has better things to do. There is also a rumor of Dr. Ansari, an ex-Foreign Service officer, an Ambassador and a Padma Shree awardee to be nominated for Vice President. All accomplished and qualified nominations. The twist to all these is, in recent times Hindu Males have miserably failed in Indian Politics. There is no credible face appearing from the Indian National Congress, Anyone left from BJP is more or less look and sound fanatic or stupid. Left front has never had any credible central figure (God forbid if they produce one) and we would not want to go back to the regional politics of early 90's. The failure of Atal as a Prime Minister (Yes thats true - What happened in Gujarat was a national shame) has had long term affects on the local Indian politics and is going to be a trend for many years to come. But its good in many aspects too. Patriarchal hindu society has not been very successful in recent history. It has failed to address dowry and casteism - the two biggest evils facing the present Hindu society. Even some of the religious heads have turned out to be corrupt. Its an old Indian saying if the family fails, let the Mother lead the house.

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