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By Oken Jeet Sandham
On December 20 last year, I said, “We have many qualified personalities in the Northeast who can be nominated as Rajya Sabha Members. The President should intervene in these discriminatory nominations and do justice.”
(Please read here what I had written on December 20, 2015:https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=509805015767849&story_fbid=903452739736406)
Today (April 22, 2016), I am very happy that Ace Boxer Mary Kom, Olympic Medalist from Manipur, has been nominated as Rajya Sabha Member by the President of India.
Under article 80 of the Constitution, the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) is composed of not more than 250 members, of whom 12 are nominated by the President of India from amongst persons who have special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service. By adopting the principle of nomination in Rajya Sabha, the Constitution has ensured that the nation must also receive services of the most distinguished persons of the country who have earned the distinction in their field of activity, many of whom may not like to face the rough and tumble of the election. By nominating them to Rajya Sabha, the State not only recognises their merit and confers honour on them, but also enables them to enrich the debates by their expertise and knowledge that they have in different areas. The first batch of 12 nominated members represented a galaxy of talented persons of proven merit.
Mary Kom, who is the pride of the Northeast, is among six who have been nominated as Rajya Sabha members today (April 22, 2016) by the President of India. The others are economist Narendra Jadhav, BJP member and Gandhi family baiter Subramanian Swamy, Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi, former MP and cricket commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu and journalist Swapan Dasgupta.
Well done, President. You have created history.