In the near future, the members of parliment of the Indian government are set to elect a new president, who'd replace Abdul Kalam (a scientist) as the president of India. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6748839.stm) I recently found out that the leading candidate (who has the backing of the majority of the ruling party), Prathiba Patil, claims to have spoken to a dead person. Apart from that, there are the usual allegations of corruption that goes in every politicians resume. In her case, there's some factual evidence that the bank she owned had it's license revoked because of financial irregularities, such as giving huge loans to relatives who didn't repay, etc (source). Apart from that, there's also an allegation that the sugar mill she owns defualted on a loan (source), and another allegation and that she's protecting her brother who's murdered some other politician (source). I think it's such a pity that they are forcing out a scientist and replacing him with someone who claims to speak with dead people. I don't know about her, but generally, I'd consider people who claim to speak to dead people (without evidence) as delusional What's really funny (or depressing), is that no one actually cares about her policies or qualifications. One bunch of politicians are backing her cause of her gender (If you don't support her, you're against the cause of women!). Another bunch? Cause she's from Maharashtra, just like us!