Ram Nath Kovind Biography: Birth, Age, Family, Education, Career, and More
Ram Nath Kovind Biography: Ram Nath Kovind is the current and 14th President of India and has been serving on the post since 2017. He will address the nation today on the eve of 73rd Republic Day.
The address will be broadcast from 7 pm on the entire national network of All India Radio (AIR) and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi followed by the English version. It will then be broadcast in regional language versions from 9:30 pm onwards on respective regional networks.
Ahead of his address on the 73rd Republic Day, let us take a look at his life.
Ram Nath Kovind Biography
|Birth||1 October 1945|
Mauiku Lal (Father)
B.A. in Commerce (Kanpur University)
L.L.B. (Kanpur University)
Current and 14th President of India
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Prashant Kumar (son)
Ram Nath Kovind: Birth, Age, Early Life and Education
Ram Nath Kovind was born on 1 October 1945 to Mauiku Lal and Kalawati in Paraunkh village in the Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh. He was the youngest of five brothers and two sisters. His father ran a shop and was also a farmer and a local vaidya while his mother was a homemaker. When Kovid was five, his mother succumbed to burns when their thatched dwelling caught fire.
To attend a junior school, Kovind walked 8 km each day to Kanpur village, and nobody in the village had a bicycle. The 76-year-old hold's a bachelor's degree in Commerce and an LLB from Kanpur University.
Ram Nath Kovind Career
Career as an Advocate
Ram Nath Kovind started his career in 1971 as an advocate with the Bar Council and served as the Central Government Advocate from 1977 to 1979. Between 1977 and 1978, he served as the personal assistant of PM 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.
While serving as an advocate, he provided pro bono aid to the weaker sections of the society under the Free Legal Aid Society of New Delhi.
Career as a Politician
Kovind joined the BJP in 1991 and served as the president of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998 and 2002. He then served as the national spokesperson of the BJP and donated his ancestral home in Paraunkh to the RSS. He contested from Ghatampur and Bhognipur assembly constituency on the BJP ticket but lost on both occasions.
Rajya Sabha MP
Kovind became a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh in April 1994 and served for two consecutive terms until March 2006. During his tenure, he served on the Parliamentary Committee for Welfare for Scheduled Castes and Tribes, Home Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Social Justice and Empowerment, Law and Justice. He was also the Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha House Committee.
He has also served on the Board Management of Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Lucknow, and on the Board of Governors of IIM Calcutta. He has also represented India at the UN and addressed the UN General Assembly in 2002.
Governor of Bihar
He was appointed as the Governor of Bihar in August 2015 and served on the post until 2017. His appointment on the post was criticised by CM Nitish Kumar as it came months before the 2015 state Assembly elections and the appointment was made without consulting the state government as recommended by Sarkaria Commission.
While serving as the Governor of Bihar, he was praised for constituting a judicial commission to investigate irregularities in the promotion of undeserving teachers, mismanagement of funds and appointment of undeserving candidates in universities.
President of India
He was nominated as the 14th President of India, won the election on 20 July 2017 and received 65.5% votes. He became the second Dalit President after K. R. Narayanan, and also is the first BJP candidate with an RSS background to be elected to the post. He took the oath as the 14th President of India on 25 July 2017.
Ram Nath Kovind Wife and Children
Ram Nath Kovind tied the knot with Savita on 30 May 1974 and the couple have a son Prashant Kumar and a daughter Swati.