Friday, October 31, 2008

Muslim presidents in Hindu-majority republic

A simple Google search with the words "indian, presidents" shows up the fact that, since its independence from Britain in 1947 as a Hindu-majority secular republic, India has actually produced four presidents who are Muslims, viz. Dr. Zakir Hussain, Justice Mohd. Hidayatullah, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (from Tamil Nadu).

Inclusive generosity of a Punjabi Sikh woman

5 Comments:

Blogger chok said...

Hi James,
What is the role of President of India Republic, is that similar to the Agong of Malaysia?
Since most of them are scholars, are they the out-spoken one, and obtained public respects before selected as a president?

5:04 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

my point is that the constitution of the republic of india is more inclusive than malaysia, and that is all.

8:46 PM  
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11:49 PM  
Blogger chok said...

Maybe you meant that I should find out the answer myself. Thanks.

5:04 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Outspokeness is not the criteria for any head of state, whether executive or ceremonial, in any country. it is the criteria for Opposition Leader. Even opposition parties in the West has some leaders who are not outspoken but diplomatic enough to do organisational and PR works.

9:03 PM  

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