HBD Kovind: Know his journey how a poor boy become President of India
Lucknow: The Honorable Ram Nath Kovind is an Indian Politician and currently serving as the 14th President Of India. He was born on October 1, 1945 in Paraunkh village in the Kanpur Dehat District of Uttar Pradesh.
His childhood was spent in the extreme poverty, while taking the oath as the President of India he said that, in childhood when rain comes, water used to drip from the thatched roof, we brothers and sisters stood on the wall waiting for the rain to stop. Even today when it rains, we don't know how many Kovinds will be in our country, who practice agriculture and work hard to get a bread as a evening meal.
After so much of hard work, now he is the President of the country, that is the highest citizen, with the highest salary and other facilities.
There is a saying, Believe on yourself and you can achieve what you dream of it's just your hard work in the end that pays off. Let's know more about the great personality how did he achieved the highest position and what where his mantras of life:
When he was of 5, his thatched roof hut caught fire and in that accident he lost his mother. His father Maikulal Kovind ran a small shop. Later he donated that land to the community.
Kovind belongs to Kori caste, considered as the "untouchables".
After his elementary school education, he hasd to walk 8 km each day to Kanpur village, to attend the junior school. He holds Bachelor degree in commerce and LLB from DAV college affliated with Kanpur University.
Beginning of his career:
Kovind desired to become IAS, he went to Delhi after his graduation to prepare for civil services. In his third attempt he passed the exam but didn't joined because he scored high enough to work in an allied services. Thus he started practicing Law.
He served as the personal assistant of Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai. In 1978, he became an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India and served as a standing counsel for the Central Government in the Supreme Court of India from 1980 to 1993. He practiced in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court until 1993. As an advocate, he provided pro-bono aid to weaker sections of society, women and the poor under the Free Legal Aid Society of New Delhi.
How he joined BJP:
He joined BJP in 1991. He was President of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998 and 2002 and President of the All-India Koli Samaj. He also served as national spokesperson of the party. He donated his ancestral home in Derapur to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
In 1997, Kovind joined the protest against certain orders from the Central government that had adverse effects on the SC/ST workers. Later, three amendments were made to the Constitution that revoked the orders, by the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
His Contribution in Rajya Sabha:
He was elected and became a Rajya Sabha MP from the state of Uttar Pradesh in April 1994. He served a total of twelve years, two consecutive terms, until March 2006. As a member of parliament, he served on the Parliamentary Committee for Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Home Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Social Justice and Empowerment, Law and Justice. He also served as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha House Committee. During his career as a parliamentarian, under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme, he focused on education in rural areas by helping in construction of school buildings in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand. As a member of parliament, he visited Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the United States on study tours.
How gets nominated for President's post:
Earlier he was the Governor of Bihar and then time President of India Pranab Mukherjee accepted his resignation on 20 June 2017. However, Kovind's term as Governor, was praised for constituting a judicial commission to investigate irregularities in promotion of undeserving teachers, mis-management of funds and appointment of undeserving candidates in universities. In June 2017, when Kovind was announced as candidate for Presidential election, Nitish Kumar backed Kovind's choice and praised Kovind as being unbiased and working closely with the State Government during his Governorship. Ram Nath Kovind won election on 20 July 2017.
Ram Nath Kovind received 65.65% of the valid votes, against former Speaker of the Lok Sabha - Meira Kumar, the presidential candidate of the Opposition who received 34.35% of the total votes. Kovind received 2,930 votes (From MPs and MLAs) amounting to Electoral College votes of 702,044 (65.65%) as compared to 1,844 votes with a value of 367,314 (34.35%) votes for Meira Kumar lagging far behind with 367,314 votes, and 77 votes were invalid. He became only the second Dalit representative to become President after K. R. Narayanan, and also is the first BJP candidate to be elected to the post. The tally of votes (367,314) polled by Meira Kumar is only the second highest for a losing candidate, that of Neelam Sanjiva Reddy in the 1969 Presidential elections being the highest ever; he received 405,427 votes as against 420,077 by V V Giri, the winner.
His personal life:
Kovind married Savita Kovind on 30 May 1974. They have a son, Prashant Kumar, and a daughter, Shweta. According to 2018, his salary is 5 Lakh per month. Presently, President Ram Nath Kovind owns the S-600 Mercedes Benz Guard Range Car. This car is also given only to the heads of nations of different countries or people with some special protection.