The election for the next President of India is scheduled to be held on July 2012 that will see the new 16th Present of India being declared. Pitroda’s name is the latest among the many probable names being floated around.
Pitroda is a native of Tikar village in Halvad taluka of Surendranagar district in Gujarat. He earned his graduation in Physics from M S University. His real name is Satyanarayan Gangaram Panchal that was shortened to Sam Pitroda later. If he makes it to the Presidentail chair, he will be the first Gujarati in the coveted position.
With all political parties eager to nominate a candidate of their choice, with the Congress eager to showcase a consensus candidate that will be above politics of the land and serve the larger good. There are also views that minorities will be happy if either a Dalit or one from the OBC section makes the cut.
The other notable names for the post includes Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar,finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and statesman Dr Karan Singh. Ansari is considered an obvious choice for the position.
Pitroda is comparatively the newest entrant and is widely discussed among political circles. He was especially noticed after he accompanied Rahul Gandhi during the release of the Congress manifesto in UP ahead of the Assembly elections.
Pitroda’s return to India marked the beginning of the telecom and computer revolution making India compatable for the advances of the 21st century. He returned from the US on an invitation by then then PM Rajiv Gandhi who had a great vision for India.
Presently, Pitroda is the advisor to PM on information infrastructure and innovation. During UPA-1, he served as the chairman of the Knowledge Commission. He is also the advisor to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on the 'Resurgent Bengal' campaign and shares good equations with Sharad Pawar and Naveen Patnaik.
Pitroda also speaks fluent Oriya since he was born in Orissa. Born as an OBC, his father was a carpenter who migrated to Orissa in search of work.