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The President vs the Prime Minister

India's Presidents were never intended to be rubber stamps, but could they manoeuvre things to strike fear into the heart of a Prime Minister?

The Indian President: An Insider’s Account of the Zail Singh Years
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The Indian President: An Insider’s Account of the Zail Singh Years

Vir Sanghvi
The Indian President: An Insider’s Account of the Zail Singh Years (1982-87)
Author: K C Singh
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Pages: 312
Price: Rs 699
 
It is common now for political commentators to remark on the similarities between Indira Gandhi’s style of functioning and the current regime. But what often passes without comment is that both Mrs Gandhi and Narendra Modi also have the same approach to appointing Presidents. As K C Singh points out in this informative and extremely readable book, The Indian President: An Insider’s Account of the Zail Singh Years (1982-87), Presidents were never intended to be rubber stamps or mere ceremonial figures.

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First Published: Mar 21 2023 | 11:16 PM IST

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