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Monday, August 06, 2007

India's first woman president

Columnist Shobhaa De has written in The Week, about the significance, or, rather, the lack of it, for issues related to women, of Pratibha Patil-Shekhawat taking over as president.

1 comment:

Sidhusaaheb said...

no rants for long :P
asma | Homepage | 08.08.07 – 8:33 am | #


About time…You’re right!
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 08.08.07 – 3:54 pm | #


Thanks goodness! I’m so glad India has advanced in its overall thinking about women in power. I just hope the USA can achieve the same level of thinking, except not with Hillary–she’s the devil in a dress! And plus, there’s nothing cool or funny about Hillary. (I’m a standup comedienne in NYC, and I’m always on the lookout for good material!)

Nice coming across your blog!
Lucy Dee | Homepage | 08.08.07 – 4:02 pm | #


Thanks for dropping by!

I agree with you about Hillary Clinton.

If I were an American, I think I would’ve voted for Barrack Obama and that’s mainly because I believe he has the clearest views, amongst all presidential candidates, about the direction that American foreign policy should take, especially in Iraq.

I also agree, more or less, with what Shobhaa De has written about Pratibha Patil-Shekhawat.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 08.08.07 – 4:34 pm | #


I agree with Shobhaa De’s views on Pratibhatai. Pratibha who? Even till now, I feel like shouting this question from the rooftop. Ironical, that the woman empowerment issue that was so misused in this election had to culminate in the day when the lady was sworn in as the president and Kiran Bedi denied the rightful opportunity to be the Delhi Police Chief. One given the Prez-ship on a platter because she wont unruffle any feathers in the 5 year holiday she will enjoy on taxpayer’s money; and the other denied the office because of the fear that she will unveil many skeletons from the old dusty Delhi cupboards. So much for the women’s issues.
As far as Hillary and Obama are concerned, it is Gender pitched against Race. Like it or not, you will have one of the flavours.
Mr Shrub was amazingly given two terms, remember. Americans should ask themselves if he has been worthy of the position after all?
MP | Homepage | 08.11.07 – 6:40 pm | #


In the true spirit of egalitarianism, America should put aside considerations based on both gender as well as race and vote purely on the basis of merit.

On that account, in accordance with the reasons I have spelt out in my previous comment, I would have voted for Obama.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 08.11.07 – 6:55 pm | #