Droupadi Murmu, 1st Tribal Woman President Of India: A Journey From A Tribal Village To Raisina Hill

This journey of Droupadi Murmu is a lesson and an inspiration to every woman, to give her all to overcome all odds that come her way, and emerge a better and victorious human.

First tribal President of India
Second woman President of India
Youngest President of India

One name – Droupadi Murmu.

What is the story of Droupadi Murmu?

Little must have little Droupadi thought she would make it to Raisina Hills from that little bamboo and clay house in Rairangpur, where she spent her childhood.

Born in a tribal village in the interiors of Orissa, she has indeed come up the hard way in life. Education wasn’t familiar to Uparbeda, yet Droupadi Murmu managed to secure a degree, followed by a government job. Soon, she ventured into teaching, becoming a darling among her students, before entering politics, and becoming her village’s dear ‘Didi’. She first served at the local body level, and went on to become an MLA, Minister, Governor and now the 15th President of India.

She has been vocal in issues concerning the tribal community and has been their voice at all levels. Instrumental in getting national recognition for Santhali as an MLA, Droupadi Murmu also intervened in issues concerning tribal land, as the Jharkhand governor.

Heartbreaking personal challenges

Known to understand grievances of people and provide hope, Murmu hasn’t been one without personal grievances.

Personal grief came to her in the form of consecutive deaths in her family. First the untimely death of one son, then another, and last, her grief-stricken husband. And all this at a time when she also was dealing with an election failure.

The strong woman didn’t succumb to depression, she was only motivated to work more for her people, serve them. Droupadi Murmu opened a boarding school for students from classes 6 to 10, on her own property, in memory of her dear ones. Her daughter now manages the school.

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A proud moment

The odds the First woman of India had to suffer aren’t few, and that only makes her achievement more laudable. Her journey is a lesson and an inspiration to every woman, to give her all to overcome all odds that come her way, and emerge a better and victorious human.

Quoting the Prime minister, “Smt. Droupadi Murmu’s life, her early struggles, her rich service and her success motivates each and every Indian. She has emerged as a ray of hope for our citizens especially the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden”.

It’s indeed a proud moment for all Indians, and especially every woman to see this India’s daughter from a tribal community from rural Orissa, rise to the position of the nation’s President-elect. It’s also a moment for all women to draw inspiration and evoke their inner ‘Droupadis’ to show their ‘nari shakti’ and emerge winners!

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