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Droupadi Murmu, the 64-year-old tribal leader from Odisha, scripted history on Thursday when she was elected as the President of India, defeating Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha. Murmu became India’s first Adivasi President.
Born on June 20, 1958 to a Santhal family in Uperbeda village in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, Murmu’s journey is an inspiring story of many firsts. She was the first girl in her village to go to college.
Murmu will be the first President of India who was born after the country gained Independence. She will also be the youngest person elected to occupy the top post.
Murmu will be assuming the office on July 25, 2022, aged 64 years, 1 month and 6 days. How old were India’s other Presidents when they were in office? Here’s a look.
Murmu is a keen practitioner of the meditation techniques of the Brahma Kumaris, a movement she embraced after she lost her husband, two sons, mother and brother between 2009-2015.
She is fluent in Santhali and Odia languages and is an excellent orator.
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