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Droupadi Murmu: 5 Facts You Must Know About India's New And First Tribal President

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Droupadi Murmu made history in India on Thursday, becoming India's first tribal President during the single-sided election, beating the candidate of the Opposition Yashwant Sinha.

Here are some crucial facts regarding Smt. Draupadi Murmu that you must be aware of:

1. The first President from the Scheduled Tribe to become the President of India.

2. She is the first woman to be elected President of India, born in independent India.

3. She was also the governor of Jharkhand and was the only woman and the very first woman from the tribe to be elected for the post. She was also the first woman born in Odisha to hold the governor's office.

4. She also served as the minister of cabinet in the Odisha government between 2002 and 2004, which was formed by the BJP-BJD coalition, and headed by Naveen Patnaik.

5. Born into the Santali familia, the girl comes from the Baidaposi region of Rairangpur, Mayurbhanj district, Odisha.

6. She graduated in art from Rama Devi Women's College, Bhubaneswar, and was married to the banker Shyam Charan Murmu.

7. Her personal life has been troubling for over seven years; from 2009 to 2015, she lost her husband and two sons, a mother, and a brother.

8. Smt. Draupadi Murmu has one daughter Itishri Murmu who is a professional banker. She is tied to Ganesh Hembram, who is a former rugby player.

9. From 1979 until 1983, she was a junior assistant at the State Irrigation and Power Department, Odisha, and then a teacher at Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Rairangpur, till the year 1997.

10. Spiritually, she has been a part of her Brahma Kumari sect for 13 years.