Although A.P.J. Abdul Kalam only said “Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic” in response to some starry-eyed kid’s mention of N.R. Narayana Murthy‘s name as the next President, the TV channels have swung into action as if the incumbent was backing or endorsing the Infosys founder as his successor.
CNN-IBN had a discussion on Murthy as President last night and the Tamil commentator and editor of Tughlak Cho Ramaswamy alone among the three panelists struck a discordant note, maintaining that setting up a worldclass company was not enough as a qualification because of how unconnected Murthy was with reality as we know it.
“The post of President is not a Padma award that you give away to industrialists.”