President poll: UPA trump card catches NDA camp on wrong foot

By Pradeep Kaushal New Delhi: Their entire poll arithmetic centred around Shivraj Patil so far, poll managers of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat may be forced to re-draw their strategy with the UPA-Left combine fielding Rajasthan Governor Pratibha Patil for presidency. “We have to reckon with the first woman President factor, instead […]

Rashtrapati Pratibha?

By Aloke Tikku What shall we do with the word Rashtrapati if we have a female president someday, a blogger asked two years ago in a write-up on gender-biased words. A woman as a Rashtrapati appeared a near possibility on Thursday as ruling coalition named Rajasthan Governor Pratibha Patil as […]

Prathiba Patil India’s next President

India’s first woman President, Left opposition forced Congress to drop Shivraj Patil By Saroj Nagi THE UNITED Progressive Alliance (UPA) has a candidate for the country’s top post. And it’s not the Patil who was expected to get the nod. It’s Pratibha Devisingh Patil, a veteran Congress leader from Maharashtra. […]

Congress names Prathiba Patil for Indian presidency

The governor of the Indian state of Rajasthan, Pratibha Patil, has been named as a presidential candidate by India’s Congress-led ruling coalition. She could become the first woman to occupy the mostly ceremonial position. Mrs Patil emerged as a surprise, last-minute candidate after the left parties persisted with their opposition […]

Indian medic held for ‘female foeticide’

Police in India have arrested the owner of a clinic near Delhi on suspicion of illegally aborting female foetuses. The arrest followed a raid at the clinic in Gurgaon in Haryana state. Officials say the remains of several foetuses were found in a well nearby. Police say clinic owner Dr […]