Presidential Election Candidates

AFTER THE INDIAN CENTURY- Indian democracy is not free of perversions

Taking a broad view of how humanity had performed in the 20th century,  The past century with despair. The century of wars, the Holocaust, Hiroshima, depressions, the scourge of AIDS, environmental degradation, and other forms of exploitation was savage enough. Yet, in the midst of the misery, principally of Western making, one country stands out. […]

Is Patil the right leader for India?

As the US debates its readiness to accept a woman such as Hillary Clinton as president, India has already done so, with the election of Pratibha Patil. Although in India the presidency is primarily a ceremonial post that carries less weight than that of prime minister (the position once held by Indira Gandhi), it is […]

Pratibha Patil sworn in as President

Pratibha Patil has become the country’s first woman President. She was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan at a function in the Central Hall of Parliament House on Wednesday. Pratibha Patil was today sworn in as the country’s first woman President. She was administered the oath of office […]

MPs give Kalam warm send-off

Recognising his strong commitment to the country’s defence programme and his vision of making India a developed nation by 2020, members of Parliament on Monday gave President A P J Abdul Kalam a warm send-off at the end of his five-year term. “The story of your journey from a tiny hamlet in Rameshwaram to Rashtrapati […]

India names its first female president

UPA-Left nominee Pratibha Patil on Saturday won the Presidential election by a huge three lakh margin defeating NDA-backed independent candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat to become the first woman Head of State in a bitterly-contested poll that saw some cross voting from BJP. In the final count, Patil got a vote value of 6,38,116 while Shekhawat […]

How India’s presidency works

India holds an election for a new president on Thursday. Here are some key facts about the office. * The president is elected to a five-year term by an electoral college consisting of members of both the houses of parliament and the state legislative assemblies. The winner of Thursday’s vote will be announced on Saturday. […]

India is waiting for Next President

India is set to elect its first female president Thursday in an election that has seen more controversy and mudslinging than any recent contests. Pratibha Patil, governor of the northwestern state of Rajasthan, is the candidate of the ruling Congress party and its allies, but her nomination has surprised many political observers because she lacks […]

Voting not must: Election Commission

The Election Commission on Tuesday said that the UNPA cannot direct its legislators to abstain from voting in the presidential election. The observation was made quoting Article 171 C of the Constitution. The NDA had objected to the UNPA’s move to abstain from voting saying large parts of the electorate would remain unrepresented. In a […]

India to elect a new president Thursday

The voting, marred by weeks of mudslinging involving candidates Pratibha Patil, 72, and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, 83, will begin at 10 a.m. in the parliament building for MPs and in state assemblies across the country for MLAs, the members of the state legislative assemblies. The exercise will end at 5 p.m. Although 4,120 MLAs and […]