The article "The art of choosing Governors" (June 14) wisely suggests that a convention be evolved that none can hope to have a political career after a stint in a Raj Bhavan. Since parties cannot seem to exclude politicians from the list of probable Governors, it would be in the interest of the country to evolve the convention. But the real problem whether Governors will rise to be first citizens or remain politically affiliated will still refuse to go away.
C.P. Velayudhan Nair,
If the convention were to come into effect, there would be no takers for the post from the political class, for none of them would want to leave the lucrative political field. The situation will force the Centre to look for someone apolitical, heralding in a new beginning in appointment of Governors.
Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's observation that it is impossible for Governors to keep a distance from politics is a truism. The exalted constitutional position has proved, over the years, to be a hugely unproductive, sometimes counterproductive, extravagance. What is worth consideration is whether the institution can be disbanded.
The Centre should contemplate appointing retired judges as Governors. Besides being apolitical, they will act within the letter and spirit of the Constitution.