Sunday, July 22, 2007

First Female President for India

Pratibha Patil is to become India's first woman president after winning a comprehensive election victory, Indian officials say.

Mrs Patil, 72, won nearly two-thirds of votes cast in state assemblies and in India's parliament, they said...

Mrs Patil's supporters say her election to the largely ceremonial role will be a boost to millions of Indian women.

I hope this improves women's lives in India, they really need it.

A. for President

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Blogger Lori said...

In India, the position of president is largely a ceremonial role.

July 23, 2007 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Not Muslim Anymore said...

Yes, it does say that up there Lori! But maybe it does show a bit of a change for women.

July 23, 2007 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger TabooTruth said...

They really need it. I'm consistently amazed at all the Time and Economist sensational covers as well as arrogant Indians given their country still has significant female slavery and a 60% female illiteracy rate and female infantacide.

This coming from a 1st generation Indian American who has grown up listening to his parents tell him about how great India was and how the British robbed them of everything. I am quite skeptical that British colonialism is to blame, considering the advantages that it gave India (democracy, modernization, English, railroads, unified country).

Don't know what good it will do. After all, women's status is still what it is 2 decades after the socialist Indira Gandhi!

And of course, Pakistan also had a female leader, quite inspiring given that honor killing still exist there. :(

July 25, 2007 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger geebee said...

India does not have 60 percent illetaracy for women. It may be high only in some interiour parts. Cities are quite liberal for women.

India did not need women's liberation as it always gave respect to women.

August 1, 2007 at 6:30 AM  

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