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The Humblest President in the World


José Mujica, the 77 year old former President of Uruguay [2010-15], a tiny country in Latin America, preferred to live on his modest farm instead of the majestic Presidential residence. One could see clothes hanging for drying outside his modest hut which had shrubs and trees around, besides his floriculture cultivation for which he personally tilled with his tractor. He would welcome his uninvited guests by preparing Mate, a traditional drink served in a guampa, a type of cup made from hollow gourd.

Mujica was a vegetarian and never wore a tie. The road leading to his humble residence was not even paved. All the possession he had was 1,800 dollars, and an old car which he used to drive himself. The land, his house and his tractor belonged to his wife who was a Senator. He led an austere lifestyle and donated around 90 percent of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities that benefited poor people and small entrepreneurs. His security was handled by two plain clothes policemen guarding his home. He used to move around like a common citizen.


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Comment by Balamurali Balaji on May 21, 2016 at 11:56
Is it possible in India? India is known for hailing luxury and imperial style of living in politics. Simplicity is adjudged as impoverishment and straight away ignored, sometimes, even by people.

In the current assembly election in the state of Tamil nadu, out of 232 winners, one hundred and seventy one candidates are crorepatis.

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