India elects first female president



The day will come, when we no longer write and read about the “first female” president.

The day will come when women treated equally will have such a long history, that there will be no viable frame of reference for remarking at women becoming the first, it will be as if there was never a time of distinction.

The day will come, when women treat each other equally.

In the meantime, BBC News reports:



India elects a female president”

Pratibha Patil

Mrs Patil’s backers say her election will be a boost to women

“Election authorities in India say Pratibha Patil has been voted in as the country’s first woman president.

Officials said Mrs Patil won nearly two-thirds of votes, although a formal announcement has not yet been made.

Mrs Patil, 72, was the governor of the northern Indian state of Rajasthan before being nominated for president by India’s ruling coalition.

Mrs Patil’s supporters say her election to the largely ceremonial role will be a boost to millions of Indian women.

But correspondents say some of her critics have described her as a political lightweight.

Mrs Patil, whose main rival was current Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, will succeed A P J Abdul Kalam, a missile scientist.”

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Congratulations “President Patil”.