July 25, 2017 became historic as President elect Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as the 14th President of Republic of India at the central hall of Parliament by Chief justice of India J.S. Khehar. Shri. Kovind is preceded by former President Pranab Mukherjee.
He won the Presidential election by 65.6% against opposition candidate, Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker, who polled 34% in the election. He stepped into the Rashtrapati Bhawan with his better half Savita Kovind after swearing the Oath ceremony at the parliament. President of Bhartiya Janta Party “Amit Shah” had nominated him for the candidature of India’s President.
A Glance of his life
Ram Nath Kovind was born in Paraukh village in Kanpur Dehat district, Uttar Pradesh on 1 October in 1945. His Father Maikulal was a Dalit and very poor who had a small Kirana Shop to support his family. Kovind was the youngest amongst five brothers and two sisters. The place where kovind was born was a mud thatched hut and often used to collapse when unexpected calamities occurred. His mother died of burns due to the fire which brought down the hut. Despite poverty and destitute life he never stopped his education and completed his schooling, while walking 8 k.m. daily. He struggled to complete his Bachelor’s degree in commerce and also thereafter completed L.L.B. from Kanpur University. After completing Law degree he tried to clear UPSC exam but unfortunately he failed but he never gave up and in third attempt he, finally, cleared the most toughest exam in India but he couldn’t get his desired position, IAS, however, he was chosen for allied services but refused and started to practice as a lawyer in Delhi High Court and afterwards became an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India. He practiced as a lawyer until 1993 in the courts and he supported weaker section of society, particularly women and indigents by providing legal aid under the “Free Legal Aid Society “in New Delhi. Ram Nath Kovind had come in matrimonial relationship with Savita Kovind on 30 May 1974. They have a son, Prashant Kumar, and a daughter, Swati.
The Dalit leader began his political career with Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in 1991. He was elected as a Member of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh in 1994 and served for two consecutive terms for 12 years in his constituency till March 2006. He represented India at the United Nations, New York and addressed UN General Assembly in October, 2002. During the tenure of the Member of Parliament, he served on the Parliamentary Committee for Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Home Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Social Justice and Empowerment, Law and Justice. He also served as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha House Committee. Being a Dalit leader, in 1991, he supported the protest against certain orders which were issued by Central Government that had adverse effects on the weaker sections of society, SC/ST workers. Owing to protest the three amendments were made to the constitution that repelled the orders by NDA Government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He became 35thGovernor of Bihar in 2005 and served till his nomination as a Presidential candidate. He gave the resignation to former President Pranab Mukherjee. When he joined as Governor of Bihar, the chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not praise and was not happy because of upcoming election then but when he was nominated for the President by Amit Shah, Nitish praised and supported him despite opposition leader.
Ram Nath Kovind is the second Dalit President of India after late President K.R. Narayana. More significant aspect about him is that he is the first politician and Dalit leader from Uttar Pradesh and also the first leader from the BJP to being elected President since Independence. On the auspicious ceremony, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the people of India and congratulated and showered praise on people for electing him as India’s first person.
The 14th President of India said “I come from a mud hut in a remote village and I will be carrying out my responsibilities with all humility. I will follow the footsteps of Rajendra Prasad, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, APJ Abdul Kalam and my predecessor Pranabda”
President Ram Nath Kovind is congratulated by former President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh, Deve Gowda, senior ministers Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Oppostion leaders Sonia Gandhi, Mallikajuna Kharge, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and others. In the Presidential ceremony, the Cavalcade presented the guard of honour with gun salute.