Saturday, May 5, 2012

Selecting the President



In this era of coalition politics where the national parties do not have the requisite numbers in the collegium meant for electing the President and there is uncertainty over support from coalition partners, a new recipe is increasingly becoming popular for making the President of India- Drop a dozen names in the media; stir it with the conflicting views of the ruling alliance, the Opposition parties, and the intelligentsia; filter out the 7-8 which meet stiff resistance from all quarters; cook the remaining 4-5 in the whims of real senior leaders of parties; spice them up generously viz. he/she is apolitical, is from this/that caste, is from the hitherto unrepresented region, is this/that regional party’s favorite; finally serve the same in a platter to the ruling or the Opposition party so that it can discuss the names with ease with the alliance partners.

Why should media play this “facilitator” role? Why not allow the Congress and the BJP to talk to their allies and firm up their choices? Should the media transcend their putative limit as “commentators” to become “newsmakers”?

13 comments:

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  2. Did you, in your last word, mean "kingmakers", sir?

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  3. It's probably also that these media channels get funded by politicians to patronize them and create a good impression about them in our minds.

    Many questions raised about the culture and ethics of the media, sir. The question is, do they want to change for the better?

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  4. What an interesting recipe...i just loved your take on this hot topic!

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  5. you are abs right Valady and its got to do with funding thats all !

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  6. i see no reason why the press must play a very VITAL role along with our useless political parties to elect a Rubberstamp ( no matter whichever political party he belongs to. perhaps the press is also trying to prove thatt they are no different than these political parties . anyway just 45 days to go to find out who our new rubberstamp is .

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  7. Well, Indian president rest more in bhawan and if you compare it with other countries president, president responsibilies are bit negliable

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  9. I feel if the people have the right to choose the president, APJ would lead India


    Regards
    village girl

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