Its deja vu. Three years ago when UPA scored a surprise victory in the General Elections, the nation and its media were stunned. But they nevertheless recovered quickly to mount a snap campaign against Sonia Gandhi becoming Prime Minister. Whether that campaign had any effect on Sonia changing her mind is something we'll never know. But it was a job well done.
We then got a Prime Minister in Manmohan Singh who despite his numerous failings is not someone I'm ashamed of. Its now time to get our act together again. India's otherwise defunct media has mounted a campaign to expose Pratibha Patil. The bloggers have picked up the mantle now.
In 2004 too, I had sent a mail to some hundred friends of mine, urging them to sign a online petition against Sonia Gandhi becoming PM and also to write to the President on his web page. It was perhaps a waste of everyone's time! But silence in the face of injustice is no option at all. So here, I fully support the 'Pratibha - Not for President' campaign.
I urge you to pass the word around. We may not achieve anything with this, but atleast our conscience will be clear. On the 60th year of its Independence, my country doesn't deserve a President who 'speaks to ghosts'.
More on this,
1. You can get the above banner here.
2. Amit Varma on India Uncut.
3. Nitin and Yossarin on National Interest.