President Pratibha Patil: India's First Woman President
Herald it as the coming of age of woman power or shrug it off as mere symbolism to placate all and sundry - the fact is that the glass ceiling at the highest level has been shattered. Even so, with the passage of time the novelty of having a woman President is bound to wear off, and the sole benchmark to evaluate Pratibha Patil would be her performance as the first citizen of the country. A seasoned politician and proven Congress loyalist, Pratibha Patil has the unique distinction of having won every election that she has contested in the 34 years of her long political career. Till recently Governor of Rajasthan, she will need to muster all the skills honed in the rough and tumble of politics, in the professional arena of the courtroom, and in sports stadia to uphold the dignity and decorum of the hallowed office of the President of the country. This book traces the journey of President Pratibha Patil from the small town of Jalgaon to the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan on Raisina Hill as she assumes office as the twelfth President of India, after one of the murkiest, no-holds barred presidential elections ever, making history in the sixtieth year of India's independence.
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