Politician

Ram Nath Kovind

Born:

Ram Nath Kovind, Who was the former governor of Bihar and the 14th president of India born on 1 October 1945 in Uttar Pradesh, India. Kovind was born in a mud hut.

Family Background:

His father Maiku Lal was a farmer and mother Kalawati Devi. His family belonged to the Dalit community.

Personal Life:

Ram Nath Kovind married Savita Kovind on May 30, 1974. They have two children,  Son’s name is Prashant, and daughter’s name is Swati.

Education:

After completing the elementary school education, he had to attend the junior school which was 8 km far away from Kanpur village. After completing his high school education, He had earned a Bachelor’s degree in commerce in “DAV College” before completing his LLB from DAV Law College in Kanpur.

Career:

Before entering the world of politics, Kovind practiced as a lawyer in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court for 16 years. From 1977 to 1978, He also served as the personal assistant of the Prime Minister of India, Morarji Desai.

He passed the civil services exam on his third attempt, but he did not join because he was selected for an allied service instead of IAS. Kovind joined the BJP party in 1991. He became a leader of the party from 1998 to 2002. He was also the President of the All-India Koli Samaj, which is an ethnic Indian community. He was also a member of Rajya Sabha from the state of Uttar Pradesh from April 1994 to March 2006. As a member of parliament, He served on the Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes  Home Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Social Justice and Empowerment, Law and Justice.  As a member of parliament, He visited Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, U.S, U.K and many other countries on study tours.

On August 8, 2015, Kovind was appointed as the 36th Governor of Bihar by the President of India.
Ram Nath Kovind was elected as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate for the position of the 14th President of India on June 19, 2017. On July 20, 2017, He was declared the 14th President of India.

Unknown Facts:

  • He was the President of BJP Dalit Front, President of India Koli Society and representative of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in IIM-Calcutta.
  • He is the second Dalit leader after K R Narayanan.
  • Kovind was elected twice to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh in 1994-2000 and 2000-2006.
  • He has donated his ancestral house to the villagers of his native village (Paraukh village) as a “Marriage Hall or Community Hall”.

Master Strokes:

  • He served on the Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes  Home Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Social Justice and Empowerment, Law and Justice.
  • He has also provided free legal services to the needy and weaker sections under the aegis of Free Legal Aid Society in Delhi.

Controversies:

  • In 2010, He was reported to have said that “Islam and Christianity are alien to the nation” as spokesperson of the BJP.
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