Stephen Grover Cleveland

wpid-logo_20130129010408.pngStephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885–1889 and 1893–1897) and therefore is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was the only Democrat elected to the presidency in the era of Republican political domination that lasted from 1860 to 1912.
Cleveland was the leader of the pro-business Bourbon Democrats who opposed high tariffs, Free Silver, inflation, imperialism and subsidies to business, farmers or veterans. His battles for political reform and fiscal conservatism made him an icon for American conservatives of the era. Cleveland won praise for his honesty, independence, integrity, and commitment to the principles of classical liberalism. Cleveland relentlessly fought political corruption, patronage, and bossism. Indeed, as a reformer his prestige was so strong that the reform wing of the Republican Party, called “Mugwumps”, largely bolted the GOP ticket and swung to his support in 1884.
Disaster hit the nation a few months into his second term as the Panic of 1893 produced a severe national depression that Cleveland was unable to reverse. It ruined his Democratic party, opening the way for a Republican landslide in 1894, and for the agrarian and silverite seizure of his Democratic party in 1896. The result was a political realignment that ended the Third Party System and launched the Fourth Party System and the Progressive Era.
Cleveland took strong positions and in turn took heavy criticism. His intervention in the Pullman Strike of 1894 to keep the railroads moving angered labor unions nationwide and angered the party in Illinois; his support of the gold standard and opposition to Free Silver alienated the agrarian wing of the Democratic Party. Furthermore, critics complained that he had little imagination and seemed overwhelmed by the nation’s economic disasters—depressions and strikes—in his second term. Even so, his reputation for honesty and good character survived the troubles of his second term. Biographer Allan Nevins wrote, “in Grover Cleveland the greatness lies in typical rather than unusual qualities. He had no endowments that thousands of men do not have. He possessed honesty, courage, firmness, independence, and common sense. But he possessed them to a degree other men do not.”wpid-t214442042.gif

At times When “National Integration” is Differentiated…!

Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai attack of November 26, 2008 who was kept at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, has been hanged in the high-security Yerwada Jail in Pune.

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It took barely a fortnight for President Pranab Mukherjee to decide on the mercy petition of 26/11 convict Ajmal Amir Kasab, who was hanged Wednesday morning,21 November 2012 in a Pune
After the Maharashtra government rejected Kasab’s mercy plea on Oct 16 and the union home ministry followed suit on Oct 23, the file moved to President Mukherjee.
Mukherjee took his decision in about 12 days, rejecting Kasab’s plea on Nov 5 − thus paving the way for his execution.
By Nov 8, the file had moved back to the Maharashtra government for further action, and Kasab was hanged Nov 21 − five days before the fourth anniversary of the carnage.

There are 14 mercy petitions before the president, including that of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.