Thursday, July 20, 2017

10 things you should know about India's new president Ram Nath Kovind

These are 10 things you should know about India's new president Ram Nath Kovind.

  1. He is the 14th president of India
  2. He was the Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017.
  3. He had also served as the Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2006. He was elected and became a Rajya Sabha MP from the state of Uttar Pradesh in April 1994.
  4. Kovind was born on 1 October 1945 in Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh.
  5. He holds a Bachelors degree in commerce and an LLB from DAV College (Kanpur University)
  6. He passed the prestigious civil service exam on his third attempt, but he did not join as he was selected for an allied service instead of IAS and thus started practicing law.
  7. He joined the BJP in 1991. He was President of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998 and 2002 and President of the All-India KoliSamaj. He also served as national spokesperson for the party.
  8. He has served on the Board of management of Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Lucknow and as on the Board of Governors of IIM Calcutta. He has also represented India at the UN and addressed the United Nations General Assembly in October 2002.
  9. Kovind married Savita Kovind on 30 May 1974. They have a married son, Prashant Kumar, and a daughter, Swati.
  10. He will be the second Dalit President of India after K R Narayanan.

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