The ongoing tamasha over incumbent Abdul Kalam's unlikely nomination for another Presidential term does no one good. Why Kalam is still being pressurised defies reason. Kalam, on his part, displayed an uncharacteristic indecisiveness in failing to state clearly if he is looking for a second term or not. Now parties must gracefully accept that there are only two main candidates - Pratibha Patil and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.
Do away with the present system of election. Let the President be chosen directly by the people. That will be less confusing than the indirect proportional representation method, and the winner will be the perfect people's choice.