Sure, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam‘s term won’t come to an end for another two years. Sure, it’s too early to predict which way the political straws in the wind will blow two years from now. Sure, it’s speculative. Still, it is an interesting question to ponder: who after the people’s prez?
Should Kalam get a second term? If not Kalam who? Amartya Sen? Gopalkrishna Gandhi? N.R. Narayana Murthy? And, hey, what does it tell the world that 56 after the Republic was formed, we still haven’t had a woman President? If so, is there any woman of stature who can fill the post? And given the Kalam experience, is Rashtrapati Bhavan as good as closed for career politicians?