It seems unfair that the whole world should be piling on India’s first woman president to be, but here’s a simple question: Will Pratibha Patil as President prove to be an embarrassment to the country? Will the murder charges against her relatives and the defaultment charges against her bank cast a cloud over Rashtrapati Bhavan? Will her own gaffes on the purdah, on sterilisation, and her communicating with a dead guru steal the thunder from her? Will she forget the mudslinging and the shadow boxing? Will the Left have second thoughts on backing her?
Simply put, even conceding it was high time a woman was President, has the right woman been nominated?