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Rajendra Prasad was no rubberstamp head of state

Rajendra Prasad was no rubberstamp head of state

In so doing the President disregarded the well-established convention of a formal ceremony: the decoration was awarded at a banquet without a citation.

However the relation between the President and the prime Minister continued to be strained. There was high drama before Prasad got his second term as President. Nehru wanted Vice President Dr S Radhakrishnan elevated but once again the majority view in the CPP favoured a second term for Prasad.

Though Dr Rajendra Prasad’s last term was comparatively a smooth affair he ensured, despite Nehru’s awe-inspiring national and international stature, that he was far from being a rubber-stamp President.

(Praveen Davar is a Member of National Commission for Minorities. The views expressed are personal. He may be contacted at praveendavar@gmail.com)

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