President Patil will be remembered for her foreign travel excesses, her botched attempt at securing herself a palatial retirement home at the expense of the tax payer, of course some reports of her exorbitant expenses smell of scam from a mile away, such as this naval banquet where the drinking water budget was equivalent to 83 litres of bottled water for every guest!
A luxurious, and rather funny means of attending the Indian Army’s desert games…
Did they order a special VIP tank for this exercise?
Why this post in the context sustainable development? The Indian President is a post with little executive scope, reduced primarily to a public role, it is a nonetheless a very eminent office that commands a lot of respect from the Indian nation and one that can be used to set an example. Today’s needs are for a sustainable world and this is where our president’s office can make a difference, by leading the way and setting an example. President Patil’s self-serving term has done exactly the opposite.