So it ultimately happened. Pratibha Patil today was elected as the 13th president of the Republic of India – and her first woman president.

She beat her sole contender Shekhawat pretty comprehensively on way to Rashtrapati Bhawan. BJP’s Shekhawat failed to win even in states ruled by the saff-champs. ( apparently owing to disqualifying words like “Jai Sri Ram” written on the ballot paper – to think we elect such legislators!)

Anyways, so all the rather vicious political machinations finally come to an end. Soniaji is happy – and frankly, there isn’t anything to be disappointed about – about time we got a woman as the constitutional head of our country – albeit without any real tangible work and powers.

Welcome madamji – enjoy your stay at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. And farewell, Dr. Kalam – you presided with a grace not seen in the government circles of Delhi.

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