Pratibha Patil’s 5 year Presidential reign from 2007 to 2012 was the most uneventful 5 year period in the history of the Rashtrapati Bahavan. When her tenure was over, all of India heaved a collective sigh of relief.
No other President has managed to garner such universal hatred. The only people who still pretend to respect her are the rest of the congress loyalist stooges just like her.
Here are 7 reasons why she was the worst President in Indian History.
7. She was Unworthy of the High Office in the First Place
Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam; such are the names that have brought dignity to the office of the President and brought pride to every Indian. But Pratibha Patil was a nobody when she was selected to be the President. Nobody outside Maharashtra knew who she was. But that didn’t matter because she was well known to the Gandhi family. They say Indira Gandhi loved her Puran Poli. That might have qualified her to be the judge of the Indian Masterchef maybe, but the President of India? The truth is that she was chosen for her servility to the Congress high command.
6. She Used her Power to Help her Family
Even before she became the President she wasn’t an honest politician. You might say that there are no honest politicians but it was clearly known that she had always used her power to help her family. She started a Cooperative Bank that was shut down because it was giving loans to her family members on relaxed interest rates. After she became president she continued to help her son’s political career. While all politicians tend to favor their family, she could have restricted her abuse of power out of respect for her position as the first citizen of India.
5. Her Death Pardons
The only thing she did in her tenure was pardon death sentences without discrimination. While Pranab Mukherjee has decided to not pardon anyone, she had decided to pardon everyone. She pardoned many criminals who had committed brutal crimes, including rape and murder. While this can be attributed to her personal philosophy of forgiving every crime, it isn’t something to be proud of as the biggest achievement of her career.
4. Her Extensive Foreign Travels
When she was about to retire, jokes about her foreign travels started doing the rounds in Delhi. It was said that the people who would miss her most would be the pilots and crew of Air India. Another quip claimed that once she retires she’s taking a flight from Delhi to her home in Pune via Bali, Tahiti, Hawaii, California, Miami, Corfu and Dubai. All these jokes were made because of her extraordinary expenditure on foreign travel. She used her Presidency as a five year vacation paid for by Indian taxpayers like you and me.
3. Her Post Retirement Plans
Another black mark on her term as President came when she tried to grab defense land in Pune to build her retirement home. She then tried to get money from the government to refurnish and refurbish her home to prepare for her retirement. This is the condition of our President now when just a few decades ago Dr. Rajendra Prasad donated his own personal land to Vinoba Bhave.
2. She didn’t Live up to the Expectations from Our 1st Women President
When she became President, despite her unfamiliarity, many Indians were hopeful about the first women President of India. There were expectations to be fulfilled that she utterly failed at. During the last few weeks of her term as President there were horrible attacks on women and the whole issue of safety of women came to the fore. Our President was as mute as our Prime Minister.
1. She put Party before Country
In the end the only thing we can say is that she was just another paper pusher employed by the Congress Party. Between Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister and Pratibha Patil as President our nation’s rulers have never been so impotent. She never used her power as the President to question any of Congress’s actions. She just sat on her chair and signed where she was told to sign. That is the biggest reason why she is the worst President in Indian history.