Droupadi Murmu was sworn in as the 15th president of India on July 25th. She is the second ever female president as well as the youngest, and the first tribal leader to assume the role.
Murmu, 64, hails from the eastern state of Odisha and was governor of Jharkhand state from 2015-2021. She started out as a school teacher before entering politics and has been a two-time lawmaker in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party.
In her speech after taking oath, Murmu said her election is proof that the poor in India can make their dreams come true, adding that she will focus on the welfare of the marginalized. The president in India is the head of the state, but does not exercise executive powers.