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Droupadi Murmu - 15th President of India


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Draupadi Murmu was elected as the fifteenth President of India. Although this was the 16th presidential election, Murmu took office as the 15th president. Because the first President Rajendra Prasad was elected twice. This great victory has a lot to be proud of.  There are many special features of this sweet victory. First, she is the second woman to hold the highest office in the country. A person from a tribal community has become the country's supreme commander. Also, the first President born in independent India. Another thing about her is that she is the youngest person to hold this position.

Birth and childhood


Sixty-four-year-old Draupadi was born in a Santal tribal family in the Mayurbhanj district. Draupadi Murmu was born in 1958 on June 20. Her father worked for the Panchayati Raj system as a headman in the village. Biranchi Narayan Tudu, her paternal grandfather, was a native of Mayurbhanj and lived in Baidaposi. Due to her tribal background, her life had always been challenging and full of obstacles. She was an excellent student and a great devotee of Lord Shiva since childhood.


The Santhal community can be proud


Draupadi Murmu is from the Santhal tribe, the third largest tribe in the country. In addition to Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Odisha, the Santals also have roots in Bangladesh and Nepal. Due to the lack of written historical records, not much information is available about the origin of the Santals. However, the prevailing view is that the Santals were a nomadic group that settled in the Chota Nagpur plateau of Jharkhand before migrating to parts of Bihar and Odisha in the late 18th century. We already know the fighting spirit and bravery of the Santal army. The struggle of the Santhals against the oppression of the British army is one of the most brilliant chapters in the history of independence.


Draupadi Murmu – Family


Draupadi married Shyam Charan Murmu, a bank official. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2014. She was not only subject to the tyranny of society, but she was also the victim of personal tragedies and setbacks. Between 2009 and 2015, Draupadi lost six people, including her husband, two sons, mother, and brother. Daughter Ithisree Murmu is a bank officer. Following the deaths of her sons, she said she suffered from depression. She herself has said that it was a big shock for her.


A life full of challenges


Life was a struggle for Draupadi, who was left behind by the mainstream. She overcame all these hardships one by one and got higher education. Later she served as a teacher. After graduating from Bhubaneswar Rama Devi Women's University, she worked as a government employee and teacher. In 1997, she became a municipal councilor in Rairangpur on a BJP ticket.


Entry into politics


Her political career began in 1997 when she joined the BJP party. Prior to becoming involved in politics at the state level, she was a teacher. Apart from that, Murmu has also worked as a Junior Assistant in the State Irrigation and Power Department. Draupadi Murmu has been credited with membership in the Bharatiya Janata Party since 1997. She was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2000 and became a state minister for four years. Later she became the Governor of Jharkhand in 2015. As the first woman governor in Jharkhand, she was a pioneer in the state.

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Draupadi Murmu - at a glance

·       Fifteenth President.

·       64 years old.

·       The second woman to become President.

·       First President from the Santhal tribal community.

·       First Odisha native to become President.

·       First woman Governor of Jharkhand.

·       Youngest President ever elected from India.

·       She is the first president to be born in independent India. 


The victory was secured in the third round


After the first round of counting, it was certain that Draupadi Murmu will be the fifteenth president. Out of 763 MPs who voted, Murmu got 540 votes and Yashwant Sinha got 208 votes. Fifteen votes are invalid. Murmu got votes worth 3.78 lakhs in the first round itself. There are four rounds of vote counting. In the first round, the votes of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members were counted. In the second round, the votes of MLAs were counted. Votes of MLAs from the top ten states from Andhra to Jharkhand in English alphabetical order were counted. In the third round, the votes of ten states were counted in alphabetical order starting from Karnataka and Kerala to Rajasthan. At this stage, Draupadi Murmu secured victory.

Final thoughts


Let us hope that Draupadi Murmu as the President can fearlessly defend the Constitution. May the President be able to lead the country forward by protecting the democratic values ​​upheld by the Constitution, strengthening the mutual friendship of the people, and overcoming obstacles.  As the custodian of the Constitution, let the President strengthen the Constitution and protect the constitutional values ​​and the secular and democratic nature of the country. Let the new President of India become the pride of India forever.


Reference: Wikipedia

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