Ram Nath Kovind elected as the 14th President of India: Here’s all you need to know about him

Ram Nath Kovind was the NDA's presidential candidate and won with over 7 lakh votes against Opposition candidate Meira Kumar. Kovind, 71, is a Dalit leader and will take oath as the 14th President of India.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 20, 2017 5:13 pm
presidential elections 2017, ram nath kovind, meira kumar, kovind president, indian presidential election, nda candidate kovind President-elect Ram Nath Kovind won the election against Opposition candidate Meira Kumar with over 7 lakh votes. He will take oath as the 14th President of India. (PTI photo)

Former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday was elected as the 14th President of India. He was the NDA’s presidential candidate and won with over 7 lakh votes against Opposition candidate Meira Kumar. Kovind, 71, is a Dalit leader and will take oath as the 14th President of India.

He has served as the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s SC and ST wings and served two terms in Rajya Sabha–1994-2000 and 2000- 2006. He has also been the national spokesperson of the BJP. A distinguished statesman and orator, Kovind has addressed the United Nations as India’s representative in 2002.

After his tenure in the Rajya Sabha, he was sworn-in as the 36th Governor of Bihar in August 2015. He was sent to Bihar ahead of the assembly elections. He had replaced West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi who was holding the additional charge of Bihar. Kovind practised at both the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court for 16 years.

Kovind was born on October 1, 1945 in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Dehat district. He came from a modest background and worked his way from the ground to the top of the political pyramid. He married Savita Kovind on 30th May, 1974. They have one son and a daughter.

Kovind is a lawyer by training. He attained his B.Com and LLB degrees from Kanpur University and had a successful career as a practicing lawyer. He served as the Central Government’s advocate in Delhi High Court between 1977 and 1979. He was also standing counsel in Supreme Court between 1980 and 1993. He was made Advocate-on-Record at the apex court in 1978 and continued his legal practice at the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court till 1993.

Kovind held key positions in parliamentary committees during his 12-year stint as a lawmaker. Besides serving as the Chairman of Rajya Sabha House Committee, he was member of Parliamentary Committees on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes; Home Affairs; Petroleum and Natural Gas; Social Justice and Empowerment; Law and Justice.

He has several academic associations as well. He is on the management board of Dr. BR Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He is a member of Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

As MP, Kovind has done extensive work in providing access to education in remotest areas of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He also used his legal acumen to help provide free legal aid to backward or weaker sections of the society. He focused especially on SC/ST women, poor and elderly.

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    Benedict Mandal
    Jul 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    The article mentions that Mr. Kovind is a member on the Board of Governors in IIM Calcutta (Joka). However, the relevant doesn't include his name on the list: s: iimcal.ac /about/board-of-governors Has the IIM not been updated or is this incorrect information? Anyone from the IIM faculty/staff, care to shed some light?
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      Deshbandhu
      Jul 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm
      What difference will it make to India when the Indians have put BJP in the driver's seat on the Doom Train to Pashaan Yug. What you sow, so shall you reap.
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        krishna kumar
        Jul 20, 2017 at 5:23 pm
        TIME TO CELEBRATE . BILLION CONGRATULATIONS Mr PRESIDENT. YOU HAVE DONE PROUD TO THE ENTIRE UTTAR PRADESH.
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          manas
          Jul 20, 2017 at 5:23 pm
          Victory of Indians (Indians ready to sacrifice anything for India) over Anti Indians (Always searching for ways to benefit self or something else(region,caste,foreign ideology,etc) at cost of India by milking and squeezing India)
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            MB
            Jul 20, 2017 at 5:18 pm
            So sad. After Narender this is the worst moment in India's history. Shame on Indians.
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              brijesh
              Jul 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm
              There is nothing to be ashamed of as long as he does not involve in politics or be a loudspeaker to the government.
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              1. Natarajan Srinivas
                Jul 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm
                I know. we should have made Prathibha patil, as President once again. by the way, when is Meira Kumar, going to become the President of Sonia Congress>?
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              2. Kapil Dev Suri
                Jul 21, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                shame on you the congress ITALIAN slave a traitor comment . WE ARE PROUD OF MODI STATESMANSHIP ..THE NATION IS PROUD OF MODI STATESMANSHIP WHO MADE A ORDINARY WORKER AS PRESIDENT OF INDIA . YOU ARE JEALOUS OF HIS POWER AND ABILITY . YOU DESERVE TO BE A WAITER IN A WINE BAR?
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                1. Srushti Pawar
                  Jul 21, 2017 at 10:32 pm
                  Real mature response. How about provide his credentials/ things he has achieved during his tenure? Why on earth would someone be jealous of this power? Also, dont get the reference to the waiter in a wine bar?
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