president Droupadi Murmu

“My election is proof that the poor in India can dream and make them come true.”

-Droupadi Murmu


On July 25, 2022, Droupadi Murmu was sworn in as the 15th president of India by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

She is the second woman to hold the position of president after Pratibha Patil and the first one from a tribal group.

She is also the youngest president in history and the first president born in an independent India. Murmu previously held the positions of governor and member of the legislature for the states of Odisha and Jharkhand, respectively, from 2000 to 2009 and 2015 to 2021.

Early life and education

Droupadi Tudu was born to a Santhali tribal family on June 20, 1958, in the hamlet of Uparbeda in the state of Odisha. The village, which is situated in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, is one of the most outlying and impoverished regions of the country. One of India’s largest tribal groups is the Santhal. Tudu, who grew up in poverty, finished her primary education there before attending Rama Devi Women’s College in Bhubaneswar to obtain her bachelor’s degree in arts. She is the first woman from her village to complete a university education.

Career and family

In 1979, Tudu began her professional life as a junior assistant in the irrigation and power division of Odisha. She left that employment in 1983 to take care of her expanding family, which now comprised three additional children.

While working there, she married Shyam Charan Murmu, and they had a daughter (who passed away as a kid). She was a professor at Rairangpur’s Sri Aurobindo Integral Education and Research Center from 1994 until 1997.

Presidency of India

Murmu was being forward by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), a BJP-led political coalition, as a candidate for the Indian presidency in June 2022.

An electoral college made up of elected representatives from both houses of the federal parliament, the legislative assemblies of India’s 28 states, as well as the union territories of Delhi, Puducherry, and Jammu & Kashmir, elects the country’s president in an indirect manner.

With 64% of the electoral vote, she defeated Yashwant Sinha, who had been picked by the NDA’s rival parties. On July 25, 2022, she took the oath of office to succeed Ram Nath Kovind.

Murmu is renowned for her work in conserving tribal culture and tradition as well as for her efforts to advance health care, economic development, and education among tribal groups.

President Droupadi Murmu

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