Defining President's role: Amartya Sen

 http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/interview/the-president-should-be-a-voice-for-sanity-and-fairness/article18724441.ece
Defining President’s role: Amartya Sen Interview*

Excerpts:
“The President of India has an enormously important role in the leadership of the country. This is not only because of the particularly assigned duties of the President in special circumstances, as in a political crisis of governance, but also because of the elevated standing of the head of the Republic in motivating and inspiring the secular democracy of India, guided by the Constitution.
While a number of statesmen and politicians have played that role with distinction, going back to Rajendra Prasad (the first President of India), leaders of thought from other walks of life — including Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Zakir Husain, and K.R. Narayanan (among others) — have also, by their prominent presence and stature, helped to lead India to remain faithful to itself — reminding the country of the vision of fairness that gave birth to democratic and secular India after its long and hard fight for independence.”

 *The Hindu, June 6, 2017

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