The President’s position is one of responsibility. The person who becomes the President of India is supposed to be commanding the love and loyalty of all. He/she is expected to be above party politics. Though this position is the highest one in the country, the person who becomes the President must be the first and foremost servant of the people. If I become the President of India, I would actively serve the people, go in their midst and live as one of them. Considerations of dignity and posi­tion should not come in the way of service.

I would do my best to exercise my personal influence on my gov­ernment as well as the public to serve the country and do my best to make it progressive. I would see to it that my government implements the welfare schemes and India becomes a Welfare State.

I would fill the people with a new life and enthusiasm. I would try to represent the spirit and culture of India by my personal way of living and working. It would be my first effort to be a model in service. Service, I would regard as the best and the only ornament of the Presi­dent. I am fully aware that the President has a manifold duties and I can only wish and pray that I shall prove worthy of performing them all properly.

People say uneasy lies the head that wears the crown’. No doubt, it is true. Nevertheless, I wonder if there is any possibility of uneasiness if one performs one’s duties sincerely and honestly. On the other hand, there is spiritual satisfaction in the fact that one did one’s work as one could and left the world better than one found it at one’s birth.

If I become the President of India, I would certainly tread along the thorny path of my duty confidently. My motto shall be: Service above self.