January 26, 2010

The Most Powerful Rubber Stamp

I believe the 25th of January must be happiest day for the President of India, Pratibha Patil. For it is on this day, she does not have to take explicit permission of the party high command to speak on the television. She will be handed over a letter drafted is beautiful bureaucratic english, made to sit in front of the camera, and read the paper like any news-reader.

Sadly one of the worst presidents will go down in history as the first female president; the dogs in the media after receiving meaty bones, hailed her, the one who doesn't even have a clear stand on the purdah, as a symbol of female liberation. Among all the 500 million females in the country, was this alleged supporter of murders the best person to represent the females? What happened to children of Rani Laxmibai, Ahilyabai Holkar, Chennamma of Keladi, Razia Sultan, Savitribai Phule and all the great females who blessed the land by their presence. I am glad however, that the history books will have Razia Sultan as one of the first female ruler of Delhi.

If the ministers wanted a lady to lead the country, nobody would have stopped them if they had chosen ladies of the calibre of Kiran Bedi and Sudha Murthy; but instead they wanted a rubber stamp. A stamp who, despite being the chief of the armed forces, would pray in Indonesia when gunman enter her country.

Today, the honorable President Patil read about various issues concerning India. Now here are two speeches for you to compare two presidents of India.
1. The speech by Kalam on 25th January 2003, and,
2. The speech by Patil on the 25th of January, 2010.
The first few lines by Patil are the best examples of plagiarism rampant in the education system of India. The rest of it, like a press release of a failing organization. The vision, connectivity with the grass roots, and feeling of being the same as the fellow countrymen is just not present in Patil. Education, population control, accountability at all levels in the government, and honesty are nowhere emphasized nor reflected in any part of the speech. Further, population is mentioned only three times in her speech;1 billion and growing at a rate of one Australia a year is enough to get mentioned three times in a speech given once in a year. Education twice, and accountability is mentioned in a way it is handled in India.

No matter how many Sukhois flights she undertakes, no matter how many Viraat cruises she does, her greatness is like an ant-hill compared to Abdul Kalam who is an Everest.

1 comment:

Mrunal Gawade said...

Nice one.