A veteran nationalist, who once spent five years in goal, is India's new President. He's?
A veteran nationalist, who once spent five years in goal, is India's new President. He's Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, a 64 year old South India who's been in politics for over 40 years. But the new president made it clear at his swearing-in ceremony on Monday (25 July) that his position would be above political controversy.
SYNOPSIS: The candidate of all major parties, Mr Reddy was elected President unanimously. The Indian parliament has already reacted favourably to his promise to stay above politics.
Referring indirectly to Mrs Indira Gandhi's recent electoral defeat, President Reddy said it marked the beginning of a new era. India's regeneration would come, he said, the country had re-affirmed its cherished values. Before Mr Reddy left parliament, he gave a promise that he would serve as a link between different parties in efforts to preserve India's unity.