Pratibha Patil
Indian politician
Pratibha Patil
Pratibha Devisingh Patil is the 12th President of the Republic of India and first woman to hold the office. She was sworn in as President on 25 July 2007, succeeding Abdul Kalam and after defeating her rival Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. She is due to retire from the office in July 2012. Patil is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) and was nominated for the presidency by the governing United Progressive Alliance and Indian Left.
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America Needs a Female President
Huffington Post - about 1 year
One of the things that I love about a brand new year are all the possibilities. That's the great thing about resolutions- they aim to give us hope in everything we can accomplish in the year ahead. But 2016 is different and in Washington, DC you can feel that fact in the air. This could be the election year that America finally elects a woman to the White House. Whether the former First Lady, New York Senator, or Secretary of State wins or not is insignificant because regardless of the election outcome, for women and girls in America and around the world, just the existence of Clinton's Presidential campaign encourages women to reach for positions of power in general and in government. The latter message is especially important and much needed in the United States. America currently ranks 75th out of 189 elected governments in the world for female representation in government, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The percentage of women holding statewide and state legi ...
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Why the United States Has Never Had a Woman President
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It has been six months since I came to the United States (US). Ever since, I have found quite a lot to admire in this country of Uncle Sam. People from various ethnicity and cultures blend in here, the 'world's largest melting pot,' adding a rich cultural diversity to the United States of America. I admire the way US government has taken various measures to protect the rights of their people. From my personal experience, when I went for my visa interview at the Consulate of United States, Mumbai (India), the officer gave me a sheet where toll-free numbers of various women's rights commission and emergency help lines were given and she briefed me that if I will ever come across any violence or my security issues, I should immediately contact those concerns. I was overwhelmed by their gesture sincw I hadn't even stepped in US and they were concerned about my safety in their country. There are countless things which has fascinated me about this country but the most surprising, thus ...
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Improving hygiene: A bloody revolution
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
Seventeen-year-old Kunal Singh’s first reaction to handling the rectangular object was: “They’re so soft.” In his hands was a sanitary napkin — that cost just one rupee to make. Kunal had never touched one before in his life. “It’s so awkward,” he said. His education had just begun. Arunachalam Muruganathanam receiving the best invention award for the betterment of society from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai in 2006 from president Pratibha Patil. PHOTOS : MAHIM MAHER In fact, many of Kunal’s classmates were having the same reaction. These boys of the famed boarding Scindia School in Gwalior (five hours by road from Delhi) were hosting six schools for a Round Square community service project from December 15 to 20. Attending it were students from Karachi’s Lyceum School, Maharani Gayatri Devi school in Jaipur, The Millennium School in Dubai, The Daly College in Indore, the Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya of Gwalior, the Pinegrove Schoo ...
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Pratibha Patil returns all 155 official gifts to Rashtrapati Bhavan
The Times of India - about 3 years
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Maryam Zar: A Letter to My Daughter: Women Leading Around the World
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
This post is part of the Global Mom Relay. Every time you share this blog, $5 will go to women and girls around the world. Scroll to the bottom to find out more. On International Women's Day, my daughter asked me why the world was run by men. That morning, I had woken to a flurry of texts and email on my phone. It was a village a-buzz with wishes from women who in some cases didn't even know each other, but each wishing each other happy International Women's Day. Within five different texts streams, I had more than 60 fierce women from around the globe busily texting each other messages of support, empowerment and kudos. As I speedily texted back, another incoming message arrived. I looked up and said out loud, "this is amazing." I had the answer to my daughter's question in my hands, anchored in the notion that women empower women in so many modern ways. Bimyan Province Afghanistan (2013). Photo credit: LuxCapio "Dear daughter, there was a day when men were th ...
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Pratibha Patil spent Rs 18 crore on her last trip as President, RTI query reveals
The Times of India - about 4 years
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Susan Smith Blakely: Predictions and Advice for Women in Law in 2013
Huffington Post - about 4 years
2012 was a good year for women lawyers. Although the statistics for women partners in law firms continued to be disappointing, women lawyers made significant impacts in other settings. In 2012, we saw women attorneys emerge as strong and influential world leaders. Angela Merkel, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Christine LaGarde, to name just a few, showed themselves to be impressive and no-nonsense leaders advancing economic, social and political change. They all used their legal educations and practicing experience to make their marks. Lesser known women lawyers -- including Atifete Jahjaga in Kosovo, Guo Jianmei in China, Anabella de Leon in Guatemala, and Pratibha Patil in India -- took broad strides to change the world. A record number of women are now counted among the members of the US Congress, many of them also lawyers. Most of them prevailed in tough contests against their male counterparts to get there, and they are committed to changing business as u ...
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Pratibha Patil visits ailing Bal Thackeray - Indian Express
Google News - over 4 years
NDTV Pratibha Patil visits ailing Bal Thackeray Indian Express Raj makes fifth visit in a month. Even as Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's health continued to be a cause of concern with teams of doctors keeping round-the-clock watch on him, nephew and MNS chief Raj Thackeray called on him on Saturday afternoon. Bal Thackeray is stable, says Raj amid rumours of deteriorating healthDaily News & Analysis Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray critical, is being monitored closely, says doctorIBNLive Pratibha Patil visits Sena chiefHindustan Times NDTV -Zee News -India Today all 27 news articles »
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Pratibha Patil told to return gifts given to her as President
The Times of India - over 4 years
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President Pratibha Patil takes a metro ride
The Times of India - over 4 years
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Discord in NDA
Central Chronicle - over 4 years
Discord appeared both in UPA and NDA over the choice of Presidential candidates. On the name of Mr.Pranab Mukherjee the TMC leader Mamta Banerjee is deal set against his name and still unrelenting when her choice Mr.APJ Abdul Kalam has opted out of the race. Similarly when no choice could be made under the NDA, its leading partner the BJP has let support to the independent candidate Mr.PA Sangma. The another constituent the Janata Dal United leader Nitish Kumar – Chief Minister of Bihar and its President the Parliament Member Mr.Sharad Yadav let their party support to UPA candidate. Mr.Mukherjee ignoring the BJP choice of Sangma, the Shiv Sena much before the BJP decision has announced its support to Mr.Mukherjee. But even in the last Presidential the BJP stalwart and Vice President Mr.Bhairon Singh Sekhawat contested the Presidential Election Shiv Sena has not supported him and voted for Mrs.Pratibha Patil being Maharashtrian. But Shiv Sena continued to the partner of BJP still this ...
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Another Presidential honour for Madhur Bhandarkar
Bollywood Hungama - over 4 years
He has made a different slot of social relevance for himself when it comes to movie making in Hindi Cinema. And no one has so far been able to come on the same playing level field as Madhur Bhandarkar, who continues to contribute some of the most entertaining and yet relevant movies of our times. He has been awarded the most prestigious National Awards for the work he has done so far. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, India now wants to acknowledge Madhur's contributions to Hindi language cinema under the Hindi Service Awards Scheme. On June 20, Madhur will be awarded with the Presidential Award, Gangasharan Singh Award, by President Pratibha Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The award comprises of a certificate and a cheque of rupees one lakh. 28 people from different walks of life will be awarded this presidential award, for their contribution under the Hindi Service Awards Scheme, amongst who are filmmakers Girish Karnad, Shyam Benegal, Madhur and media ...
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Three Indian filmmakers win presidential awards
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES ( - Three Indian filmmakers will receive a literary award this Wednesday from President Pratibha Patil for their contributions to the Hindi language through cinema. At a ceremony slated for Wednesday in New Delhi, Madhur Bhandarkar, Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnad will be awarded the Ganga Sharan Singh Puraskar prize, granted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development's Kendriya Hindi Sansthan. This is the fourth presidential award Bhandarkar has received. In 2001 and 2005, the National Film Award for Best Film went to his "Chandni Bar" and "Page 3," respectively. ...
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Analysis: India’s next president may matter this time
Business World - over 4 years
NEW DELHI -- Pratibha Patil wakes to the sound of trumpets and horse-backed riders in the cobbled courtyard of her magnificent palace in New Delhi, she walks on a treadmill, prays at her private temple and prepares for a long, hollow day.
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Who will be the president? This time, it matters
Yahoo News - over 4 years
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Pratibha Patil wakes to the sound of trumpets and horse-backed riders in the cobbled courtyard of her magnificent palace in New Delhi, she walks on a treadmill, prays at her private temple and prepares for a long, hollow day. That's how it has been for Patil and her 11 predecessors as president of India: a grand office and an opulent home with liveried attendants, but almost no power. But that might change when Patil leaves office in July and a new president is elected for the next five years. ...
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Plan needed for rain-fed agriculture: President Pratibha Patil
The Times of India - over 4 years
President Pratibha Patil has said there is a need to implement extensive programmes to resolve problems faced by rain-fed agriculture in the country.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pratibha Patil
  • 2012
    Age 77
    The office of president has a five-year term and Patil retired from the role in July 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Patil allegedly used public funds to build a retirement mansion on a plot of military land in Pune. Tradition is that a retiring president either takes residence in government accommodation in Delhi or moves back to their residence in their home state; her use of government money to build a retirement home at the end of the presidential term was unprecedented. Other controversies that arose after her retirement included her desire to claim both an official government car and fuel allowance for the running of a private car, despite rules clearly stipulating that this was an either/or situation. She also took possession of many gifts that had been given to her in her official role and was later forced to return them. Patil set up Vidya Bharati Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, an educational institute which runs a chain of schools and colleges in Amravati, Jalgaon, pune and Mumbai. She also set up Shram Sadhana Trust, which runs hostels for working women in New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune; and an engineering college for rural students in Jalgaon district. She also co-founded a cooperative sugar factory known as Sant Muktabai Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana at Muktainagar.
    Patil was noted for having spent more money on foreign trips, and having taken a greater number of foreign trips, than any prior president. Sometimes accompanied by as many as 11 members of her family, there had been 12 foreign trips spanning 22 countries by May 2012, when she was away on her 13th trip.
    More Details Hide Details Those completed travels had cost Rs 205 crore (2.05 billion). The Ministry of External Affairs said that taking family members "was not abnormal".
  • 2007
    Age 72
    She garnered nearly two-thirds of the votes and took office as India's first woman president on 25 July 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Patil's term as the President of India saw various controversies. She commuted the death sentences of 35 petitioners to life, a record. The presidential office, however, defended this by saying that the President had granted clemency to the petitioners after due consideration and examining the advice of the Home Ministry.
    Patil won the election held on 19 July 2007.
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  • 2005
    Age 70
    In the same month that she was selected, Patil was accused of shielding her brother, G. N. Patil, in the 2005 Vishram Patil murder case.
    More Details Hide Details Vishram Patil had narrowly defeated G. N. Patil in an election to be the President of the District Congress Committee of Jalgaon and in September of that year had been murdered. Vishram Patil's widow eventually accused G. N. Patil of involvement in the crime and claimed that Pratibha Patil had influenced the criminal investigation and that the issue needed to be examined before presidential immunity became active. Her accusations were rejected by the courts in 2009 but in 2015 G. N. Patil was charged. No reference to the alleged involvement of Pratibha Patil was made at this time. Due to the presidential role being largely a figurehead position, the selection of candidate is often arranged by consensus among the various political parties and the candidate runs unopposed. Contrary to the normal pattern of events, Patil faced a challenge in the election. The BBC described the situation as "the latest casualty of the country's increasingly partisan politics and it highlights what is widely seen as an acute crisis of leadership". It "degenerated into unseemly mud slinging between the ruling party and the opposition". Her challenger was Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, the incumbent vice-president and a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran. Shekhawat stood as an independent candidate and was supported by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), a group led by the BJP, although the Shiv Sena party, which was a part of NDA, supported her because of her Marathi origin.
  • 2004
    Age 69
    On 8 November 2004 she was appointed as the 24th Governor of Rajasthan, the first woman to hold that office and according to the BBC was "a low-profile" incumbent.
    More Details Hide Details Patil was announced as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate on 14 June 2007. She emerged as a compromise candidate after the left-wing parties of the alliance would not agree to the nomination of former Home Minister Shivraj Patil or Karan Singh. Patil had been loyal to the INC and the Nehru-Gandhi family for decades and this was considered to be a significant factor in her selection by INC leader Sonia Gandhi, although Patil said that she had no intention of being a "rubber-stamp president".
  • 1991
    Age 56
    In the 1991 elections for the 10th Lok Sabha, she was elected as a Member of Parliament representing the Amravati constituency.
    More Details Hide Details A period of retirement from politics followed later in that decade. Patil had held various Cabinet portfolios during her period in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and she had also held official positions while in both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. In addition, she had been for some years the president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee and also held office as Director of the National Federation of Urban Co-operative Banks and Credit Societies and as a Member of the Governing Council of the National Co-operative Union of India.
  • 1967
    Age 32
    Thereafter she won in the Muktainagar (formerly Edlabad) constituency on four consecutive occasions between 1967 and 1985, before becoming a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha between 1985 and 1990.
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  • 1965
    Age 30
    Patil married Devisingh Ransingh Shekhawat on 7 July 1965.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have a daughter and a son, Raosaheb Shekhawat, who is also a politician.
  • 1962
    Age 27
    The BBC has described Patil's political career prior to assuming presidential office as "long and largely low-key". In 1962, at the age of 27, she was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the Jalgaon constituency.
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  • 1934
    Pratibha Devisingh Patil is the daughter of Narayan Rao Patil. She was born on 19 December 1934 in the village of Nadgaon, in the Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, India.
    More Details Hide Details She was educated initially at R. R. Vidyalaya, Jalgaon, and subsequently was awarded a master's degree in Political Science and Economics by Mooljee Jetha College, Jalgaon (then under Pune University), and then a Bachelor of Law degree by Government Law College, Mumbai. Patil then began to practice law at the Jalgaon District Court, while also taking interest in social issues such as improving the conditions faced by Indian women.
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