Pratibha Patil has made a slippery start to her presidential career. No one expects magic from her, well to be frank she appears to be another puppet Sonia Gandhi seems to have gotten under her supervision. Sonia Gandhi obviously wanted a person like her who can be wooed when it comes to formation of government. Does this also mean that Sonia Gandhi is gathering support for her Prime Ministerial aspirationsÃ‚Â in caseÃ‚Â the Congress manages to somehow stake claim to form the next government? Women at the 2 highest position of governance of India would create history and probably a feat no other country can boast off.
Coming back to Pratibha Patil, her first statement regarding the purdah system prevalent in Rajasthan and then the divine premonition. Not just her but her family members too are being accused of crime.
Prathibha has come under fire after allegations were labeled that her sugar mills had defaulted on loans and that she had shielded her brother in a murder case. Now, damning revelations coming in with documents with RBI proving that the bank set up by Pratibha Patil has been listed as a weak bank.
TIMES NOW has access to RBI’s report of 2003 that suggest irregularities in a co-operative bank led by the UPA’s presidential candidate Patil.
The fresh allegations against Patil pertain to a co-operative bank of which Pratibha Patil was the founding chairperson and later, along with a number of her relatives, was one of its directors. In fact the bank – the Pratibha Mahila Sahkari bank – is named after her. Its financial position was questioned by the RBI in 2003 and the bank was wound up subsequently.
Her personal remarks on purdah system seems to have suggested that the Mughals, indirectly Muslims, are responsible for the backwardness of women in India. Muslim leaders took strong umbrage at this allegation of hers. The premonitions thingÃ‚Â gave her critics(the westernized media)Ã‚Â another point to target her beliefs. She finally met Muslim leaders in Delhi to sort things out. She is having a tough time managing her heart, which wants her to be open/candid, but then she has responsibility to keep as the, expected, next president of India.
Is being so candid a characteristic peculiar to women?Ã‚Â I was wonderingÃ‚Â why women, in spite of being progressing shoulder to shoulder to men in all fields, have not matched men in the Government of different countries. US, one of the most advanced nation in terms of modernity,Ã‚Â never had a women president.Ã‚Â Even Europe cannot boast of many. The situation is slightly better in third world countries; Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines and other south American countries.
Is it because women lack the leadership skills? Or is it because they often end up in a mess by being candid? Or is it because they are not tough and are easily overwhelmed by emotions? All these are psychological questions which have to be answered in order to understand this general trend. But I must admit that the reasons mentioned above are definitely a factor in hindering the progress of women in the political arena.
Perhaps Pratibha need to control her emotions better.