An open letter to 'Pratibha Devsing Patil'
23/04/2012 23:19:29 Dr Mrs Hilda Raja
Dear Respected Her Excellency,
First and foremost, this letter is not addressed to the President of this great country but to a certain Pratibha Devising Patil on individual level, who unfortunately is the president herself.
Please be noted, when I say ‘Her Excellency’ I strictly mean the honorable chair which you unfortunately are occupying for last five years. Else on personal and individual ground, you absolutely are worth of nothing, let alone the president ship. If you want the reason, you can safely term it as our luck which doesn’t seem anything brighter than that of N.D. Tiwari that we are not only have to tolerate someone as useless as you as our president but also have to weather, way too many tantrums of yours’ which are highly uncalled for. Or plain-and-simple, we as a nation full with morons perhaps deserves nothing better than someone like you as our state head.
Do you realize how it feels for us Indians to tell the rest of the world, who the president of our republic is? I am sure even the Pakistanis would also be rolling on the floor laughing, seeing what we have for a president, even though they have someone called Zardari for their credit. The installation of such people like you becomes more painful than an average Ramgopal Varma movie when we know whom you replaced as the first citizen of this nation. When we were feeling proud to let know the world about a certain A.P.J Abdul Kalam as being our president back then, now we are running away hiding our faces, much like the way guys do in front of the camera when apprehended by police from a rave party. This is the kind of paradigm shift that you have brought in to our national psyche and national pride.
Not sure about others but you know what pisses me off most when I think about you as our president? The manner in which you were shoved down our throat by a con party for their personal gain. It annoys more to see the chair which you are unfortunately soiling for last five years was once occupied by great thinkers, visionaries, scientists and educationists like Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, V.V.Giri, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Zakir Hussain to name few. And what are your credentials to share the same platform with the greats I mentioned above? Cooking? Really? A certified good cook that you are, I am told you were a regular feature inside Indira Gandhi’s kitchen, preparing her favorite Maharashtrian delicacies. Puran Poli or something? You took utmost care always to satisfy the taste buds of Mrs. Gandhi, so much so that she was head-over-heels with praise for your cooking skills and end up giving you license to open cheat funds across Amravati. Rest as they say is history when you and your family members went on rampage with your loot mission of opening fraudulent savings institutions across Amravati and Akola and syphoned out a lot of hard earned money from poor farmers in the name of brighter and secure future.
I am told there is not a single family in that region which is not looted by you or your family. Brilliant credentials for someone to become the president of the nation I must say. For this brilliant cooking and looting skill of yours’ Congress duly appraised you with your second installment of non-deserving prize when they shamelessly installed you as the president of this great country and you were also shameless enough to gleefully accept the post knowing very well, you are not even worth being the sweeper of the Rastratpati Bhawan if credentials are taken into consideration. Disgusting, if I may say so or is it still an understatement?
Now let’s look at what you have done since you become the president. To begin with, did by any chance the office of the president has been shifted from Delhi to Pune? If not, then it is about time you must explain your once in every month visit to Pune for no reason whatsoever. As if you being in that post is not good enough of an irritation, you conveniently decided to irate the Pune people with your rampant visits which invariably means half of Pune’s roads are out of bounds for the citizens. The daily slogging crowd, who contributes to nation building unlike you, had to suffer in regular interval just because our worthless and workless president decides to visit her brother and daughter yet again. This is so nonsensical when half of the city had to reel under irritation, traffic jam and what not just to felicitate your inner desire to showcase that Bhanja-Bua and Pota-Nani affection with your brother’s and daughter's kids. While mercy petitions and other official documents of high priority that need some serious attention of the president lie abandoned and biting dust, you conveniently fly around the globe to embarrass the citizens further or worst engaged in a game of Table Tennis in Jalgaon.
Let’s talk a little about your lifestyle since you become the first citizen (a reason good enough for many nation loving individuals to hang themselves). Do you madam realize how big a hole you have punctured into the exchequer just by your irritable flying habits? Ever? Once in last five years? While you are not even worthy enough to fly with one support staff, you regularly holiday around the globe with at least 90 of them, which includes 6 chefs, 2 bottlers, 4 housekeeping staffs and I don’t want to believe this one, one masseuse. Heavens? These Libyan rebels are definitely duffers and liars since I am sure they haven’t killed him but instead Muammar Gaddafi must have committed suicide after hearing about your lifestyle. Hence it would be mighty nice of you if you can right away let us know what made you to engage in so many foreign trips for no reason and what are your precise contributions to the nation that we should pay for your non-deserving luxury from our pockets. To make your life easy, even a single instance of you contributing to the society would suffice. No, opening fraudulent chit fund banks to loot poor farmers is no way a contribution to the society.
Your holidaying were so magnanimous that you broke all records of previous presidents when you forced us common tax payers to pay a whopping 106 crores through our noses for your foreign trips alone. Honestly I am paranoid to even calculate the total amount that we might have coughed up in last five years to ornament the President’s house with the pet cook of Congress party.
And what about that land grabbing that you are indulged in Pune of late? I am told as a customary retirement home for the President you are hell-bent on having a Mansion kind of stuff sprawling across three football stadiums? Really? Why for? And yet again, what things substantial you have done that you should be privy to such luxury in expense of public money and Army land? When hundreds of Jawans can’t bring their family along just because there is an acute shortage of accommodation, why on earth we should build a Bungalow for you costing us a good 100 crore? Why instead we shouldn’t build homes for destitute and street children with that money than spending on someone like you who at best was a good cook to impress a woman in power and hoodwinked a lot of poor farmers in the process before becoming the president and kept on looting officially? Why can’t you be satisfied with the standard retirement homes that every predecessor president availed? Why does it have to be on a five acre land which belongs to the Army? Wasn’t it enough that we as a nation tolerated a nonsense like you far too long a period of 5 years that we have to make way for a 5 star retirement Mansion for you? Honestly, another cook of some repute who must be overtly jealous of your luck must be Sanjeev Kapoor. The poor chap who is cooking for last three decades on various TV shows and yet none has offered him a Panchayat ticket. Justice is so farfetched in India. No?
And by the way madam President. You just recently signed an enquiry privilege letter to ask our Apex court to come transparent on their 2G ruling so that people whom you cooked for four decades can have their priorities safeguarded. As a piece of questionnaire – Do you really understand what a privilege letter is all about or you just sign on anything that your masters order you to?
Dr. (Mrs) Hilda Raja
P.S.: Someone who loves Puran Poli very much!!
Dr. (Mrs) Hilda Raja [ an Octogenarian ] was a Professor of Social Sciences at the prestigious Stella Maris College, Chennai. She is now settled in Vadodra with her 'near-dears'.