President of IndiaRam Nath Kovind is an Indian Politician and is the current and the 14th President of India after succeeding Pranab Mukherjee. He was the 35th Governor of Bihar and was a Member of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha. He was a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He undertook his office on July 25, 2017. Before coming into politics he was a lawyer in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court.

His Early Life:

Ram Nath Kovind was born on 1 October 1945 in Paraukh village in the Kanpur Dehat district, Uttar Pradesh to father to Maiku Lal and mother Kalawati Devi. He belonged from a lower middle class and humble family. His father was a farmer and he was the youngest of five brothers and two sisters. He belonged to the Dalit community. He lost his mother when he was only five years old. He represents the rural, agrarian and economically underprivileged sections of the society.

 His Education:

 Ram Nath Kovind did his schooling from Khanpur town of Kanpur Dehat. He was a bright student in school. After completing his high school he earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce and an LLB from DAV College which is affiliated with Kanpur University.

His personal life:

  In 1974, he married Savita Kovind who is a retired government employee and they both have a son, Prashant Kumar and a daughter, Swati.

His Early Career:

After finishing his LLB, Ram Nath Kovind went to Delhi to prepare for the civil services examination. He cleared it on the third attempt but opted out as he was not selected for IAS and instead of that was chosen for an allied service. He decided not to join and started practicing law.  He was also enrolled as an advocate with the bar council of Delhi in 1971. He was an advocate of the Central Government in Delhi High Court from the year 1977 to 1979 and in 1978 he became an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India. He was also the personal assistant of the Prime Minister Morarji Desai between1977-1978.  He also served as the Central Government standing counsel in the Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993 and practiced in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court until 1993. As an advocate he provided free legal aid to the weaker sections of society, women, minority and the poor under the Free Legal Aid Society in New Delhi.

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His Political Career:

Ram Nath Kovind joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1991.  He became the President of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998 and 2002 and the President of the All-India Koli Samaj. He was also the national spokesperson for the party and the BJP’s SC cell president from 1998 to 2002.  He was also the member of BJP’s National Executive Committee as a permanent invitee. He donated his ancestral home in Derapur to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). After joining BJP, Kovind contested elections from Ghatampur and Bhognipur (Uttar Pradesh) assembly constituencies on the BJP ticket but lost both the elections. In 1994, he was elected as a Rajya Sabha MP and he held this position for two terms and served for twelve years till 2006. In 1997, he protested against some orders from the Central government that had bad effects on the SC/ST workers. Later, three amendments were made to the Constitution that cancelled the orders, by the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  He provided help in the building of schools in the rural areas in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand under the M.P.L.A.D. Scheme. As a member of parliament and as his work in the Rajya Sabha he visited Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the United States on study tours. He served on the Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Home Affairs, Social Justice and Empowerment, Law and Justice. He was also on the Board of Management of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Lucknow and was a member of the Board of Governors of IIM Kolkata. In 2002, he represented India at the UN and addressed the United Nations General Assembly.

He as the Governor of Bihar:

 In 2015, Ram Nath Kovind was appointed as the Governor of Bihar by the then President of India. He succeeded Keshari Nath Tripathi. He served as the 35th Governor of Bihar and since then he held the office till he resigned after being nominated for the office of the President of India. The then Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar criticized his appointment because it came months before State Assembly elections and the appointment was made without consulting State Government as recommended by Sarkaria Commission. As the Governor of Bihar, he formed a judicial commission to investigate irregularities in a promotion of undeserving teachers, mismanagement of funds and appointment of undeserving candidates in universities, for which he got a lot of appreciation and recognition.President of India

 Ram Nath Kovind as The President Of India:

Ram Nath Kovind was picked as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate for the position of the 14th President of India on June 19, 2017. After his nomination, he resigned as Governor of Bihar. He won the presidential election on July 20, 2017, and was declared the 14th President of India. He defeated opposition’s joint candidate, the former Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar by securing 65% of the total votes polled. He got 2930 votes with a value of 702044.He took the oath as the 14th President of India on 25 July 2017. Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar administered the oath of office to Kovind. He is the second Dalit representative to become President after K. R. Narayanan and also is the first BJP candidate to be elected to the post.  He is the seventh youngest person to be appointed to the prestigious post.  He took the oath in Hindi and got a lot applaud for that and after he took the oath he was given a 21-gun salute to mark the assumption of office of the highest post of the Constitution in the country.

His Controversies:

In 2010, it was reported that he said that “Islam and Christianity are alien to the nation” as the spokesperson of the BJP. As reported by IANS and published by Hindustan Times, he made this statement in response to the Ranganath Misra Commission which recommended 15 percent reservation for religious and linguistic minorities in government jobs.

 He is known to be a gentleman, a soft-spoken and a focused person and has always worked towards uplifting the lives of the marginalized society.  He has got an in-depth knowledge of the Constitution of India and organizational skills. His win is a great victory for the BJP. GuptaIndiaNewsGovernor of Bihar,President of India,Ram Nath Kovind
Ram Nath Kovind is an Indian Politician and is the current and the 14th President of India after succeeding Pranab Mukherjee. He was the 35th Governor of Bihar and was a Member of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha. He was a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He undertook...