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Politics

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Jyoti Pande , Lets take a step towards change Oct, 04 2016

President should have more power than just being a titular head


This shall take some governance issues outside the domain of petty party politics .

Niharika , Oct, 05 2016


President in India has become just a ceremonial head functioning like a rubber stamp. He is said to have no discretionary powers of his own and acts on advice of council of ministers. He has limited veto power as he cannot return the bill more than once, thus is bound by the advice of council of ministers. Most importantly there is a huge cost involved in maintaining the office of president such as accomodation expense (rashtrapati bhavan), salary of employees deployed therein, emoluments, pensions etc.
The position of president is not free from politicisation as he is elected by elected members of parliament and legislative assemblies. Thus, the party with majority power at centre and states will have a dominating influence on the choice of candidates.

President in India has become just a ceremonial head functioning like a rubber stamp. He is said to have no discretionary powers of his own and acts on advice of council of ministers. He has limited veto power as he cannot return the bill more than once, thus is bound by the advice of council of min


Anant , Oct, 05 2016


What made framers of Indian constitution to retain the colonial legacy of ceremonial head of state for independent India is the non-partisan character of the office. The president is the first person on whose name international treaties were convened & whose signature makes a bill an act. Thus he is a person above party politics & his approval to a legislation leaves no room for conflict,on the allegation of partisanship. The post was not given discretionary powers to avoid formation of two parallel power blocks, which may lead to instability.

What made framers of Indian constitution to retain the colonial legacy of ceremonial head of state for independent India is the non-partisan character of the office. The president is the first person on whose name international treaties were convened & whose signature makes a bill an act. Thus he is


Niharika , Oct, 05 2016


He enjoys executive power which needs to be exercised through council of ministers headed by the prime minister. All the executive orders are made on his name and most of the bills needs his assent. He has rights to keep communication with the prime minister's office and keep himself updated on the affairs of administration and proposed legislation. The council of ministers are individually responsible to the President of India.

He enjoys executive power which needs to be exercised through council of ministers headed by the prime minister. All the executive orders are made on his name and most of the bills needs his assent. He has rights to keep communication with the prime minister's office and keep himself updated on the


Payal Goyal , engineer, explorer and open to new ideas Oct, 05 2016


Why should a person who is indirectly elected and not popularly elected (like prime minister) should have more powers? Wouldn't that create two power centers ?In democracy, the major powers should rest with the people's representative. ( Parliamentary democracy)

While one may argue that USA president does have independent powers, but that system is totally different and has its own advantages and disadvantages. In this system, President is elected by people. ( Presidential Democracy)

The post of president was given ceremonial position so as to maintain continuity from pre-independence. Also to ensure that a country is not left without head in case of loss of majority, death of PM etc.


Why should a person who is indirectly elected and not popularly elected (like prime minister) should have more powers? Wouldn't that create two power centers ?In democracy, the major powers should rest with the people's representative. ( Parliamentary democracy)While one may argue that USA president


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Oct, 05 2016


The flip side is everything is to create the perception for votes. And there is less incentive for true systemic change


Payal Goyal , engineer, explorer and open to new ideas Oct, 06 2016


This is not a perception but the constitution adopted by India. Could you please elaborate on what systematic changes will be brought if it changes?


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Oct, 06 2016


Both social and physical infrastructure needs linger term thought which sometimes electoral politics restricts. as well as some unpopular choices. Its not about everything being outside the domain of politics, but at least a few things should be.


Sanjay , Oct, 05 2016


Our country has Parliamentary form of government. All real powers are vested in council of ministers headed by Prime Minister. President acts only on the advice of Council of ministers. So yes aptly asked why do we need President? Political instability is a common problem of our parliamentary system. It is administered by President. He provides continuity in the process of governance. However this is best done if the president is apolitical, which somehow has changed drastically nowadays.
President represents Indian Union and therefore, with respect to unity and integrity of India, office of President has special significance. Governance needs political as well as apolitical inputs. Apolitical or technical inputs can be better provided by the President.

Our country has Parliamentary form of government. All real powers are vested in council of ministers headed by Prime Minister. President acts only on the advice of Council of ministers. So yes aptly asked why do we need President? Political instability is a common problem of our parliamentary system


Ganesh Honakeri , Techie. Bangalorean. Music lover Oct, 04 2016


Something that has been discussed a lot. But has stuck to the point of him being a nominal head


Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Oct, 04 2016


It may help in keeping the pillars of regular governance outside the bracket. Right now, there is this dangerous trend of every little thing being subject to petty party politics and self-interest. The larger public good of the republic surely gets compromised.