This refers to the editorial "An unpleasant surprise" (June 23). It was very clear from day one that the UNPA's offer of a second term to President Abdul Kalam was not serious. It was meant to create dissension within the ranks of the UPA and the NDA, and to announce the arrival of the Third Front on the national scene. It is unfortunate that the Front's leaders dragged a person of Mr. Kalam's stature into the controversy to meet their selfish ends. Thankfully, even though it took a couple of days for him to understand their motives, Mr. Kalam decided against contesting. He can now walk away with grace as the most loved and respected of all the Presidents of India. Kannan Sekar,
Mr. Kalam should have straightway rejected the UNPA's offer. Nevertheless, he has eventually done the right thing in saying 'no' to the Third Front that wanted to make him a pawn in its political calculus. M.K.D. Prasada Rao,
Mr. Kalam is, no doubt, the President of the masses. But the President of India is not elected directly by the people but by an electoral college of MLAs and MPs who are governed by their parties' decision. Mr. Kalam was well aware that both the UPA and the NDA did not consider his name for a second term. In such a situation, he should not have entertained the UNPA's request. His final decision not to contest is welcome and has averted an embarrassing situation. R. Thirumalai Muthu,
The news that Mr. Kalam has declined to contest for a second term on second thoughts has brought immense relief to those who really love him. It was painful to read the response of some of our political leaders to his initial willingness to contest if there was certainty of his victory. Now the citizens are sure he will leave the stage as the best President.
P. Gopinatha Kamath,
The election to the highest office has become a political battle for a non-political job. Mr. Kalam should not have agreed to contest before ascertaining the mood in the NDA and the UPA camps. The unfortunate turn of events has somewhat tarnished the respect the President enjoyed throughout his tenure.