It seems that Pratibha Patil is not really blessed by Sonia but instead by Shani. The BJP-led campaign against Pratibha Patil seems to be faltering as she looks all set to be elected as India’s next President. Sadly, all sane outbursts against her candidature fell on deaf ears. But her impending success is characterized by a trend that is now so typical of her candidature. Times of India, our so-proud national newspaper puts a secondary headline under the main one that beats all WTF reaction.
A reading of the article makes for more WTF moments and although the lone voice of reason is expressed in the last paragraph, the reporter seems to be convinced of the effect of a distant planet on our Presidential elections. Although not new in the Indian political scenario, it is ridiculous of a mainstream newspaper to give front-page coverage to such superstition. What’s next? Favorite color of the Presidential hopeful? I am not sure why I continue to expect any more from the TOI; probably because it is still considered as India’s primary English-language newspaper by Indians and foreigners.