It is both comical and ironical to be reminded that the citizens of Britain, the earliest parliamentary democracy, are still subjects of the monarchy and not the British state. It is a wonder that in the 21st century, the British amend the law for the right of the royal daughters to get an equal right to rule rather than amending the Constitution to abolish monarchy. How can the so-understood trailblazers of democracy and liberal thought continue to tolerate and entertain the very thought of royal lineage? In this respect, our parliamentary system looks streets ahead, with its woman President selected from among the commoners, with all signs of royalty having been abolished.

Kasim Sait,

Chennai

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