Governor should be strictly reserved for
individuals outside politics. The role of
a President & Governor is to oversee
that the elected government and political
parties are performing their duty properly.
In times of emergency & crisis they
have to step in to protect the welfare of
the people and the state.The notion that
these posts are a mere rubber stamp with
no power is not true. In times of constitutional
crisis and emergency the role of a President
& Governors becomes extremely important.
The post has a lot of significance and should
be reserved only for highly educated and
qualified individuals from across the spectrum.
But unfortunately in India this post has
become a ‘medal’ to award the
loyal party workers. Rarely do you find
that the head of state is someone outside
the political circle and belongs to another
walk of life. Even the president’s
post has become a reward for party allegiance.
For example, Pratibha Patel was chosen by
Sonia Gandhi to become the first lady President
of India despite India having so many successful
women with impeccable record in public life.
Patel’s biggest edge was that she
had been a loyal Congress worker and extremely
close to the Gandhi family.Even today out
of the thirty three Governors in India a
majority are politicians & bureaucrats.
A majority of them were part of the Congress
party at some stage or the other or held
important bureaucratic positions during
Congress rule at the centre.
Even when the BJP led NDA was in power it
chose many BJP veterans as Governors. No
matter how unbiased the individual may try
to be in most cases he/she ends up acting
biased one way or the other. Especially
during crunch situations the Governor is
expected to favour the party he or she has
been associated with. To avoid such a scenario
the constitution should be amended and it
should be made mandatory that the President
& Governors are non-politicians. India
is rich when it comes to individuals who
have been successful in different disciplines
of life. The best examples of a head of
state were former Presidents Dr.APJ Abdul
Kalam & second president of India –
Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. Both had no
political background & did true justice
to their posts.
It has been a Congress tradition to award
its loyal party leaders the ‘medal
of governorship’ at the end of their
political careers. The same trend was followed
by other parties when they came to power.
Its time for a course correction and the
Congress should take the lead by awarding
this post only to individuals with no history
of political affiliation. Not only will
this avoid biased decisions but also bolster
the image of a President & Governor’s