Answer by Richard Buchanan:
This is copied from an answer from this question
In India, the office of the President is merely a constitutional body with minimal, or no powers.
Except, perhaps one very big power.
Its called the Pocket Veto.
So basically, when a bill has been passed by the Parliament, it has to be signed by the President to become an act. The President can sign or send it back to the houses for revision. If passed again (with or without revision) , the President has to sign it and it becomes an act. So, says the Constitution.
But, enter President Giani Zail Singh (1982-1987).
In 1986, The Parliament passed a bill, The Indian Post Office (Amendment) Bill, which could have given unlimited power to the government to intercept postal messages, practice censorship and what not. President Zail Singh did not like this encroachment upon the Rights of Indian citizen.
So, since the Constitution had said “He OUGHTTA sign the bill” but did not specify a time frame, he just sat on it. And sat on it. And sat on it. Till his term ended. There was a lot of tension between his office and the Prime Minister’s office but he did not, at the end sign that piece of paper! He exercised the Pocket Veto, the very first and last such incident. When his presidency ended, the government had already changed, and the new President, Mr.Venkatraman sent back the bill for revision and the Parliament revised it, leaving out the nasty bits. Which is why, probably to this day, the government can’t read our personal correspondence (without prior cause, national security and what not).
Therefore, in a county where Presidents have not been able to make any policy decisions, I nominate Giani Zail Singh to have been the best President, the ballsiest President and the only President who brought about any real change to this country. Cheers!
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Answer by Robert Frost:
I like Leo, but I think he has quite a bit of competition there. Like, how about these people?
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