Reality Check India

Raja said why are you only thinking of men.. the selection process

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on July 1, 2007

Here is how the President of India was selected. Thanks to Mr Bardhan for making public the proceedings of private political consultations.

Then the name of Mr Arjun Singh came up, then she said that Arjun Singh is not well. It will be difficult. The name of Motilal Vohra came up. The same problem. Then after these, one suggestion came up, Raja was with me. So Raja said, ‘Why are we thinking only of men? Can’t we think of some women now?’ At that stage, I must give credit where it is due. The Prime Minister, maybe because he had done some homework, casually said, ‘Why don’t you think of Prathibha Patil?’ I was one of those who jumped on it. Because it was a very good name.

Source : IE

So, the real hero is Mr D. Raja (Tamilnadu) of the CPI (Communist Party of India).

Even more curious is the left’s rationale for rejecting Karan Singh.

He asked me what is your objection to me. I said, ‘The first objection, Dr Sahib, is that you are the son of a Maharaja, and you don’t expect us to support the son of a Maharaja. The second, is that you are the founder of the Virat Hindu Sammellan.’ Please remember that.

Source : IE

Maharaj Arjun Singh is fine, but Karan Singh is not ! We will stop here, because it is no fun exposing the left hypocrisy any more.

Dont lose focus of the PIVOTAL issue

Whether or not the Supreme Court will salvage the fountainhead from which flow the life juices of all these political formations. Whether the court will deliver social justice from the dream world of life stories into the world of data and rationalism.

It looks like we are heading straight to a 11-judge constitutional bench.

If there was ever a defining moment in Indian history, this is it. Stand by.

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  1. B Shantanu said, on July 4, 2007 at 7:21 am

    RC,
    Great series of posts.
    I have linked them here: http://satyameva-jayate.org/2007/07/04/presidential-election-2007/

    Thanks

  2. Pramod said, on July 5, 2007 at 4:06 am

    In our history wa said,”Yatha Raja Tatha Praja” now we say,”Tatha Praja Tatha Raja”

  3. realitycheck said, on July 5, 2007 at 5:02 am

    Shantanu,

    Thanks a lot.

    I am sorry I wasnt able to reply in detail to your earlier post about BPD. These two (BPD/LP) are very valuable developments in our political scene, despite attempts at caricature by people with vested interests in the current political setup.

    There needs to be a protracted campaign to build mass behind these formations. The first step is to resist the current political forces attempts to divide the youth of this country on the basis of caste and religion.

    A limited division based on proven and current backwardness (via statistics and not via life stories) is acceptable..

    It really is that simple, once the ability of the politicians to
    (1) define (bless/curse groups / castes in an adhoc manner)
    (2) represent (prevent disaggregation)
    is lost, we would have cleared ground for BPD/etc.

    In the the current ecosystem, these formations stand no chance. Its like trying to raise an arctic penguin in chennai.

  4. B Shantanu said, on July 5, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    RC, Never mind.
    You raise an important and valid point.

    The challenge is exactly that: How do we take away the “power” of politicians to dispense largesse in the name of quotas?
    Like you, I have nothing against quotas per se…but the way they are defined, implemented, assessed and measured in our system makes a mockery of the whole spirit of positive action to help the under-privileged.

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