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Let us see then, says Kalam

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A.P. J. Abdul Kalam. File Photo: R.V. Moorthy
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A.P. J. Abdul Kalam. File Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Even as major political parties have set the ball in motion for electing the next President of India, the former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has not ruled out the possibility of being a consensus candidate.

Asked whether he was interested in contesting the election if he emerged as a consensus candidate and accepted by all major parties, Mr. Kalam said, “Let us see then.”

Mr. Kalam said he was reading newspapers and watching television channels. In a lighter vein, he said he received information through one ear and let it go through the other. He would not think beyond that.

Asked about the informal announcement made by a few parties, particularly the Bharatiya Janata Party, that they were ready to accept his candidature, Mr. Kalam said he read about it in newspapers. He could not comment further on the debate at the moment.

He was speaking to The Hindu on Sunday at the Central Electrochemical Research Institute in Karaikudi before inaugurating the Centre for Innovation in Energy Research.

DrKalam is always my first preference as next president of India.But if Sam Pitroda becomes president there is nothing wrong.MrPitroda is visionary and he is the person who can be the most befitting person for this coveted post.Let somebody like Sam Pitroda or Naryan Murthy as the next president of India in this turbulent period.These people can give a new direction to our country

from:  S.K.Das
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 11:55 IST

Mr.Kalam most of the secular minded citizens want you to be the President again but why the BJP ? why does the BJP who's every policy is targeted at harming muslims will want to support a muslim to become a President........!!!!? perhaps they plan to drop atom bombs on Pakistan and blame it on Mr.Abdul Kalam.

from:  shakthi
Posted on: May 8, 2012 at 15:31 IST

I agree that the media should conduct a poll and check the pulse of the people. Why don't Hindu start such an initiative? Its my humble request on behalf of all. I think probably Dr. Kalam will win because the President depicts the nation to the rest of the world and acts as a role model for other at the Centre.

from:  George
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 23:50 IST

Kalam should be guided by his own conscious on whether he can do justice to the position. If he feels he is suited, he should go for it, in a process that he is comfortable with. No Gandhigiri here, in rejecting a position that is offered to a suitable person :)

from:  Naren
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 19:17 IST

If Dr. Kalam is dignified gentlemen as the media claims and there is no doubt that he is one. He must realize that he is in the center of this whirlpool known as Presidency of India. These days it is assumed political tone not seen previously. Being a non-political man and decent individual, he should take off his name from this list on a voluntary basis. He served with distinction and made us proud.

from:  Raman
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 18:11 IST

@sundaram,u mean another right candidate like Prathiba Patil?

from:  harish
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 16:56 IST

Such a big country with so large a population and few choices for a new presidential candidate! Our politicians are engaged in playing games over a sensitive issue. Why are we keen to rope in worthy Kalam and give him a second term? Everyone has a fixed style and the nation has already benefited from Kalam's.We would like to have someone with novel way to lead the nation and nurture/improve its global image. Let's consider some well-versed intellectual with independent views without bias in favour of any political group. We have to understand that Rashtrapati belongs to the nation and has to be absolutely above party politics. His decisions have to be merit-based and totally independent.

from:  kapil Sopory
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 14:28 IST

The President is elected by the people's representatives in India.
In order to help them to get the latest pulse of the people,all the
media should conduct a very wide people's poll and publish the results
of the same. This should also help the conscience of the individuals
proposed for President's post either to contest or not. Thus the media
can play a very constructive role. Now a days our media have played a
great role in all aspects of the country.

from:  J.D.A.Subramanyam
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 10:16 IST

Honble Sir
You have already adorned the office of President of India.
You have also been decorated with Bharat Ratna.
Kindly decline the offer for another chance and allow another right one
take his chance.
Be remain, inspiring others especially youngsters to achieve great things in life to make India rich,dynamic and vibrant.

from:  sundaram
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 08:06 IST

Kalam should opt out and not say he is interested. He had his
innings and a second innings cant get him any more laurels but may
get him more trouble. If he is a smart scientist, he should know

from:  P.Tauro
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 07:29 IST

This great personality should be made president again for a transparent democracy.At least Indian people can have an honest and totally a secular person.May god save Bharath by installing Mr Kalam as the next president of India.

from:  Nair
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 06:47 IST

IF MR Kalam is interested in a second full term, he may be fittest person, to become the next President,so that, the political back up of congress should go, since Presidential candidate to be over all over politics, caste and religion and Mr.Abdul Kalam is fittest person of all the prospective candidate and Mrs sonia should do justice for the country instead of her party,which has lost its popularity amongst the masses.Let her realise and MR Pranaob Mukerjee himself should propose the name of Abdul Kalam, A TRUE GENTLEMAN, need of the hour for the country.whether he will do this or not? we want a intellectual person rather than political leader to lead the country,when it is facing many problems at present. let all persons/citizens of the country joint as ONE MAN, TO ELECT ABDUL KALAM..JAI HIND.

from:  vairam
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 05:47 IST

The last time around five years ago, after hailing the choice of Pratiba Patil as the candidate for the presdidency, Dr. Kalam offered himself to be considered for the post by opposition parties and cut a sorry figure ! Should he go through the same ignominy again this time ? He had his chance and retired gracefully and is held in great esteem by his countrymen. It doesn't behoof him to be tempted to be taken through the tortuous route again and even if selected , to be at the mercy of the political rascals. My advice to him is to keep himself clearly out of the race and enjoy his well deserved retirement at 81+ and relish the prestige he now has.

from:  Dr. Sundara Rajan
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 05:12 IST

Mr. Kalam is an icon of our times, everyone respects him deeply. However, we must look at other possible candidates so that other talented individuals can contribute to this country. It is well known that there is no dearth of talent in our country and many more individuals can become beacons for the future. It is best if all political parties put away their differences and give this a serious thought. We need serious, thoughtful leaders at the helm of affairs as we must get a large number of people out of poverty.

from:  Pradeep Ranade
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 03:30 IST

A TRUE KARMAYOGI he is will be characteristically UNATTACHED to all that happens around him.INDIA will be PRIVELEGED to have him as his PRESIDENT.

from:  bala srinivasan
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 01:35 IST

Seems that Dr.Kalam is much interested in having a second term though he does not wish to say so because it back fired last time. Congress will not have him as a President for the second term for its own reasons.All other political parties seem not interested on Dr.Kalam as they need some one of 'thier'own.

from:  singh
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 01:30 IST

India needs a non-partisan, responsible and un-corruptible president. Mr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam is the best suited person for this position to occupy the Presidential Chair. Justice Santosh Hegde should be the next choice.

Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 01:28 IST

People who demitted the High office the President of India , should not aspire for it again. Abdul Kalam, should have openly ruled himself out of the Presidential reace instead of making such ambiguous statements. There is no dearth of eminent Presidential candidates in India. Abdul Kalam needs to rememeber that he is a former President of India and should make statements befitting the office he once occupied.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 01:11 IST

I will be delighted with a candidate like APJ Kalam. India needs an inspiring president like Dr. Kalam right now given the tough economic and corruption situation. Dr. Kalam can bring back hope and optimism back to the society. Besides Congress needs its troubleshooter and strategist Pranab Mukherjee in the cabinet rather than in Rastrapati Bhavan.

from:  Jitendra Dutta
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 00:53 IST

The man who has a long term vision for the country is very much the person the country needs at this moment.We know he would win hands down on a public poll. Politicians are different folks.Has all the character to be the first person of the country but T N Seshan would outclass him in Authority.

from:  Ranjith Kumar
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 00:51 IST

Honorable Sir, A.P.J Abdul kalam is the most deserving candidate for President. He earned people's heart during his first term. Alas if there would have been vote by people of India.. Kalam Ji would have been elected undoubtedly as President. He was much needed this time. Some corrupt forces People should teach them a lesson in next elections.

from:  Kedar
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 00:41 IST
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