From school teacher to President of India

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On Thursday, Draupadi Murmu made history by becoming the first tribal person and only second woman to be elected President of India.

Ms. Murmu, who was the ruling NDA’s candidate for the top job, won the election by a comfortable margin of over 63% of the vote.

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Born on June 20, 1958, Murmu hails from Parbeda village and Kusumi block of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha.

She is a member of the Santhal tribe to which the legendary freedom fighter Birsa Munda also belonged.

His father Biranchi Narayan Tudu and his grandfather had served as sarpanch in their village.

Started as a teacher

Draupadi Mumru was a teacher before entering politics in 1997 with the BJP.

She worked as Assistant Professor at Shri Aurobindo Institute of Integral Education and Research, Rairangpur and Junior Assistant at Department of Irrigation, Government of Odisha.

In her political debut, she was elected as a councilor of the Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat, before becoming president of the Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat in 2000.

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She also served as National Vice President of BJP Scheduled Tribes Morcha.

She is a two-term MP who also served as a minister in the Naveen Patnaik government between 2000 and 2004, where she held several portfolios, including the Ministry of Transport and Trade; and fisheries and livestock departments.

In 2015, Draupadi Mumru made history by becoming the country’s first female tribal governor.

Draupadi Mumru served as Governor of Jharkhand for six years from May 18, 2015.

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His term, which was due to end in May 2020, was extended for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She left Jharkhand Raj Bhavan for her village of Rairangpur in Odisha on July 12, 2021 and has been living there ever since.

Has seen several personal tragedies in life

She married Shyam Charan Murmu, who worked as a banker, and died in 2014. The couple had two sons and a daughter.

One of his sons, Laxman Murmu, died aged 25 in 2009. He was found unconscious in his bed.

Her second son was killed in a road accident in 2012.

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The president-elect’s only surviving child is his daughter Itishree Murmu, who works in a bank and is married to Ganesh Hembram, who is a rugby player.

Lucky for the second time

Interestingly, this was not the first time that Draupadi Mumru’s name was thrown around for the post of President of India.

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Also in 2017, there was speculation that the NDA would nominate her, but ultimately the ruling coalition opted for Ramnath Kovind who Murmu will succeed as India’s 15th president.

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