India Gets the 14th President: As Kovind Takes his Oath, Here’s why He Can be a Great Statesman!

India Gets the 14th President: As Kovind Takes his Oath, Here's why He Can be a Great Statesman!
India Gets the 14th President: As Kovind Takes his Oath, Here's why He Can be a Great Statesman!

Regardless of his Dalit background and close connections with the RSS, experts believe Ram Nath Kovind shows the potential of a great president. He can be a just and secular president…

The Electoral College, with 65% votes, elected Ram Nath Kovind as the 14th President of India. Defeating his competitor Meira Kumar by 33,000 votes, Kovind succeeded former President Pranab Mukherjee to the office. Justice JS Khehar, the Chief Justice of India administered him the presidential oath in the afternoon today. As Kovind swore to his office, here’s why the political analysts think he can be a good president.

5 Reasons why Kovind can be a Good President!

Ramnath Kovind takes the Presidential Oath in New Delhi.
Ramnath Kovind takes the Presidential Oath in New Delhi.

Based on his educational records and work experience, it’s safe to say that he’s a knowledgeable person. He’s well-versed with the Indian law, Indian Penal code, national and international politics.

  • He’s a Learned Academician

Throughout his professional career, Kovind served as a Board Member of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University (Lucknow) and a Member of Board of Governors of IIM Kolkata. In October 2002, he addressed the UN General Assembly, where he represented India in New York. As an MP, Kovind traveled to various countries, including Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, UK, USA, and France. One can’t overlook his broad-ranging academic background and cultural knowledge.

  • Kovind has Extensive Knowledge on Indian Law

Kovind’s legal career spans over nearly four decades. Having practiced law for 16 years in Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India, Kovind possesses legal expertise. He practiced law in the Delhi High court from 1877 to 1979. Following this, he joined the apex court in 1978.

  • Kovind is a Messiah of the Poor in True Sense

In 1997, a Central order adversely affected the interests of SC/ST employees. Kovind opened a ‘Morcha’ against the government and relentlessly struggled to get the government officers null and void. The efforts of Kovind and other Protestants led the NDA government to pass three constitutional amendments. When BJP led a Dalit Morcha for uplifting the oppressed, Kovind played a significant role in it.

As an MP, he laid emphasis on education and development of basic infrastructure in rural areas. As an advocate, he offered free legal aid to SC/ST, women and economically weaker sections of society. He also donated his paternal home for community service. His efforts have earned him the respect of the public, politicians, and media.

  • He has a Clean Political Image

Kovind enjoys cordial relationships with many political parties across the country. The fact that he was supported by JDU and several non-NDA parties, speaks a lot about his popularity. To top it, he doesn’t have any corruption charges against him.

  • Kovind has a non-confrontational Working Style

A hard, diligent and selfless worker, Kovind always goes by the rule-back. He played an instrumental role in implementing liquor ban in Bihar. As the governor of Bihar, he worked in close association with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to improve law and order in Bihar to some extent.

While comparisons with APJ Abdul Kalam and Pranab Mukherjee are inevitable, it wrong to compare Kovind with the other statesmen. Kalam was an expert in science whereas Mukherjee had good political experience. Analysts believe that Kovind will carry the legacy of his predecessors with utmost sincerity.



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