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Would Patil be addressed as Rashtrapati?
June 16, 2007 01:49 IST
Would Pratibha Patil be addressed as Rashtrapati if she becomes the first woman President?
The nomination of the Rajasthan Governor for the top Constitutional post has sparked a debate, particularly as the
As the media remains in a fix, some constitutional experts and literatteurs see nothing wrong in the nomenclature
However, women activists have a different take on the issue as they see the name of the Constitutional post as
The word president translated into Hindi means 'rashtrapati' and there is nothing wrong in this and no need to change the word, says Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap.
"Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Najma Heptullah was always addressed as 'Upsabhapati' and thus Patil can also be
"Patil herself has been Deputy Chairperson of the Upper House and was addressed in similar manner," he said.
Agreeing with this contention, noted Hindi literrateur Ashok Vajpayee said there is no need for a change in the name
"Under no circumstances should she be addressed as 'rashtrapatni'," he said.