25th July, will go down in the annals of Indian history as Droupadi Murmu is sworn in as the first tribal President of the country.
- Records show that since 1977, successive Presidents have taken the oath of office on 25th July.
- Murmu’s swearing-in on 25th July makes her the 10th successive President to take oath on 25 July since 1977. At 64, Murmu is the youngest and India’s first president to be born after Independence.
Significance of 25th July –
- There is no written rule as to why presidents since 1977 have been sworn in on this date.
- The tenure of outgoing President of India, Ram Nath Kovind ended on 24th July, paving the way for Droupadi Murmu’s ascension to the topmost position in the country.
- Incidentally, Kovind was also sworn in as the 14th President of India on 25th July 2017.
- Since Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, the sixth President of India, took the oath on 25th July back in 1977, this practice has continued.
- Successive Presidents such as Giani Zail Singh, R Venkataraman, Shankar Dayal Sharma, KR Narayanan, APJ Abdul Kalam, Pratibha Patil, Pranab Mukherjee and Ram Nath Kovind have taken oath on 25th July.