President`s office in India has not received adequate attention and space in writings on our country`s Constitution and Polity. In fact, there has been a sustained and systematic effort in the academia and in politics to underrate, undermine and even denigrate the importance and relevance of the institution of the President of the Republic. The analysis presented here has been worked out after deep study and experience. It seeks to establish a more balanced perspective on the role of our Presidents in discharging their obligation to ``preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the law`` and to devote themselves ``to the service and well-being of the people of India.``|
The immediate provocation to publish this study somewhat in haste, no doubt, happened to be the 2012 Presidential election, but it is believed that it would always be found useful by all concerned citizens and scholars and students of India`s Constitution, Constitutional Law and Political System. For, it also presents an agenda and a blueprint for future.
Full texts of some documents including the correspondence between Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Attorney-General and Alladi Krishnaswamy Aiyar are being brought in the public domain probabely for the first time.
It is hoped that this timely publication would be widely welcomed, that it would generate a national debate and that it would be of lasting value.