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From 50 Years Ago: Rajendra Prasad

Editorial from Volume XIV, No 20, May 19, 1962.

The impassivity with which Rajendra Prasad as President put up with all the silly viceregal ceremonials which India has taken over bod-ily and maintained intact all these years was a perpetual wonder to those who had thought of him as a man of the people. It was like one of those idols which are anointed, soaked up in vermilion and ghee, dressed up, covered under a mound of flowers and garlands and yet the idol never loses its dignity and remains serene and unperturbed…Another way of looking at it is the Indian genius of reconcil-ing differences, or the amusing capacity of allowing contradictory things to coexist peacefully side by side.

When Rajendra Prasad became President, he brought with him respect and trust of his people and during the two terms of his Presi-dentship, that trust and respect suffered no diminution. This is saying a lot, considering that Rajendra Prasad in many ways still stood for the traditional view of life which his Gov-ernment, through the Hindu Code Bill and in other ways, was determined to change in many important respects...

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