India’s 14th President: Ram Nath Kovind, a new dealer in hope
What is seen as PM Modi’s masterstroke choice- Ram Nath Kovind is India’s new president elect who will be sworn-in on 25th July. A lawyer, former MP and a governor, Kovind won with great majority bagging 66 percent of the votes casted by an electoral college of MPs and state lawmakers .
Soon after his announcement of victory in presidential elections, the social media was flooded with several congratulatory messages. One of the significant messages was shared by Prime Minister Modi on twitter, who said, “Shri Ram Nath Kovind, a farmer’s son, comes from a humble background. He devoted his life to public service & worked for poor & marginalised. With his illustrious background in the legal arena, Shri Kovind’s knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation.” I am sure he will make an exceptional President & continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden & marginalised.”
Ram Nath Kovind will be the second Dalit President of India after KR Narayanan. His victory entails his long journey from being BJP’s Dalit Morcha president to becoming the BJP general secretary in UP, a state-level post to being Bihar’s Governor and now a President of India. He has several feats on his way to Raisina hill.
He’s had a humble beginning. Kovind was born to a Dalit weaver caste in the small village of Koris in Paraunkh, which is about 110km from Kanpur. He did his higher studies from Kanpur and practiced as advocate in Delhi. In 1970 he became personal assistant to former PM Moraji Desai and from then there was no looking back for him. He’s risen through ranks and has seen several political seasons.
After his announcement as President, he addressed media and said , “I represent many Kovinds in the country who work hard to earn livelihood. Thoughts of serving my country have brought me this far. My job will be to uphold and protect the Constitution.”
Ram Nath Kovind is also called as BJP’s Dark horse by media as he is a government-backed candidate. Still, he enjoys cordial relations with all political parties. He is known for his non-confrontational working style and enjoys reading and instrumental in organizing a seminar for Dalit writers across capital.