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Who is Draupadi Murmu? : The new President of Bharat

Niranjan Bhombe

Prachi Athavale

22 July 2022

"Draupadi Murmu is the first candidate to be nominated to be born post 1947....."

Draupadi Murmu has scripted history by becoming the first Tribal President of Bharat. Murmu, who was NDA’s presidential candidate secured victory in the presidential elections by bagging a total of 6,70,803 votes over her rival Yashwant Sinha who bagged 3,80,177 votes. After securing a win by a thumping margin, she is now all set to succeed Ram Nath Kovind to become country’s 15th president.

Draupadi Murmu was born on 20th June 1958 in Uparbheda village of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha. She belongs to the Santali Tribal family and is the 2nd nominated candidate from the Scheduled Tribe community in Bharat. Her father Biranchi Narayan Tudu and her grandfather were the village heads under Panchayati Raj system.

She was married to Shyam Charan Murmu and had 2 sons and a daughter. Her husband and 2 sons died in 2014. She was a part of Brahmakumaris Ashram after the death of her close family members and practiced Yoga to cope with it.

Draupadi Mumu is 64 years old and has worked as an assistant professor at Shri Aurobindo Integral Education and Research Institute, Rairangpur and as a Junior Assistant at the irrigation department of Government of Odisha.

She joined politics in 1997 through the Bharatiya Janata Party and was the National vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Schedule Tribes Morcha.

She was also the first women governor of Jharkhand and took oath on 18th May 2015 as Governor.

Draupadi Murmu has worked devotedly and sincerely throughout her career in politics. She has been a very strict, down to earth and straightforward person in her work. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) picked her as their presidential candidate with an aim of setting an example for all the women of Bharat, especially the tribal women, thus instilling a deep sense of confidence in them that if they work hard and are capable enough they too can achieve wonders. Her being a presidential candidate was definitely a thoughtful decision which will definitely prove to be a solid example depicting the developing and evolving social structures in Bharat.

Draupadi Murmu is the first candidate to be nominated to be born post 1947. And now she has become the first president of Bharat to be born after independence. Similarly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first prime minister of Bharat to be born post-independence.

Hence both Prime minister and Draupadi Murmu have age less than the number of years of Independence. It will certainly be the start of a new age for Bharat’s politics.

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