Hyderabad: Droupadi Murmu created history as she was sworn in as India's first tribal woman President of India on 25 July. "It is a great privilege to be given this responsibility to set a path to attain goals. We have two tracks – Sabka Prayas aur Sabka Kartavya (everyone's effort and everyone's duty). The new development journey towards the bright future of India has to be undertaken by our collective efforts, following the path of duty," the new President said.
Murmu is the 15th President of India.
She will go down in history as the second woman President; the first was Pratibha Devi Patil. This is the first time that a person born in Independent India has become the President. Adding to this, she started her political career on the occasion of 50 years of Independence, and she was sworn in as the President as India celebrates 75 years of Independence.
The tradition continues
This date, 25 July, is also unique. It is remarkable that since 1977 every President has been sworn in on this day. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, who served as the sixth President of the country, was sworn in as the President on 25 July 1977. Since then, all Presidents – Giani Jail Singh, R. Venkatraman, Shankar Dayal Sharma, K.R Narayanan, A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Pratibha Patil, Pranab Mukherjee, and Ramnath Kovind – have been sworn in on this day. Now, Droupadi Murmu seems to have continued this tradition.
According to records, the tradition of taking oath on 25 July started in 1977.
Only Rajendra Prasad, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Zakir Hussain, and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed did not take oath on 25 July.
First President born in Independent India
Droupadi Murmu, born on 20 June 1958, is the first serving President to be born in Independent India.
"My election as the President of India is proof that the poor in India can have dreams and fulfil them too," Murmu said.
Her journey from a ward councillor to the President of India started in a small tribal area of Baidaposi in Rajrangpur, Odisha. She was the first daughter of her village to go to college. She is an Arts graduate from Rama Devi Women's College in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.