Droupadi Murmu is the first tribal woman to become the country’s president. While taking an oath as the 15th President of India, she said, “My election is proof that the poor in India can dream and make them come true.” Murmu comes from a tribal family, her childhood was spent in extreme poverty in the country’s most remote and under developed district. Hailing from a tribal community of Santali tribe in Odisha, Droupadi Murmu has had a very illustrious career graph spanning two decades. She has indeed faced many gut wrenching challenges in life but her patience and determination has always compelled her to go further in life.
Droupadi Murmu is the first woman to hold the Governor’s post in Jharkhand, taking charge in May 2015 at the age of 59. She is the daughter of Late Biranchi Narayan Tudu, Murmu started her political career in 1997 as the councilor in Rairangpur district of Odisha. She was honored by the Odisha Legislative Assembly with its best MLA of the year 2007 award. She was the first Odia woman and tribal leader to be named governor of an Indian State. She served a full term of her office.
She became the Vice Chairperson of Rairangpur and after a period of three years, she was elected from the same constituency for the state assembly. She was also made the national executive member of the BJP ST Morcha or the Scheduled Tribes wing of the party.
She is an alumni of Rama Devi Women’s College, Bhubaneshwar. She holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts and has previously worked as an honorary assistant professor in the Shri Aurobindo Integral Education and Research, Rairangpur and as a Junior Assistant in the irrigation Department of Odisha.
From a span of 2000 to 2004, Murmu held many ministerial portfolios during the Naveen Patnaik led BJP Coalition government, having departments like Transport and Commerce along with Fisheries and Animal Husbandry under her supervision.
In 2007, she was honored with the Pandit Nilakantha Award by the Odisha Legislative Assembly for exemplary services for the society as an MLA.
She also essayed the role of BJP district president of Mayurbhanj from 2002 to 2009 and again in 2013, a post that she continued to hold till she took over as the Governor of Jharkhand.
Coming from a very humble background, Droupadi Murmu got married to late Shyam Charan Murmu. The financial situation was more or less the same. In 1984, Murmu lost her first born daughter when she was just 3 years old. Between 2010 to 2014, she lost her two young sons and her husband. The loss was too much to bear and she slipped into depression for some time. Despite this heart wrenching loss, Murmu gathered herself and did not let her grief stop her from chasing her dreams and the rest is history.