The incumbent President of India, Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure is about to end on July 25th of this year. The whole country is curious about the upcoming candidate. However, it appears like the decision might be unanimous one, the current Governer of Bihar and the BJP’s subsidiary Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh- RSS’ popular face Ram Nath Kovind is all set to ascend the throne of Country’s one of the most powerful designation.
Let us have a sneak peek through the social journey of Kovind, born on October 1, 1945, at Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh, he is a lawyer by profession, a Dalit leader by caste, a Hindutva ideologue by thinking and a dedicated BJP worker by political affiliation.
With a B.Com, LLB from Kanpur University he has earned a very successful career as a lawyer. He was Central Government Advocate in Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and Central Government Standing Counsel in Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993, later, became Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India in 1978. He had practiced in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years until 1993. Kovind was enrolled as an advocate in 1971 with the Bar Council of Delhi.
Kovind belongs to the Dalit community Koli and had worked extensively in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and also has the backing of BJP’s ideological parent, RSS. Being elected to Rajya Sabha in April 1994 from Uttar Pradesh and served for two consecutive terms for 12 years until March 2006, he has pretty good experience in country’s politics.
Post that, Kovind served as a member of several important Parliamentary Committees such as Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs, Parliamentary Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas, Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, Parliamentary Committee on Law and Justice, Chairman of Rajya Sabha House Committee.
Kovind had also been BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha chief from 1998 to 2002 and President of the All-India Koli Samaj, he served as the national spokesperson for the party. BJP even tried to project him as an alternative to Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh. On 8th of August 2015, the President of India appointed him the Governor of Bihar. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from the state of Uttar Pradesh during the two terms of 1994-2000 and 2000-2006.
Parallel to this, Kovind is well acclaimed as a pioneer in spreading education. During his parliamentary tenure of 12 years, Kovind emphasized on the development of basic infrastructure for education in rural areas by helping in the construction of school buildings in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand under MPLAD scheme. As an advocate, Kovind took a lead in providing free legal aid to weaker sections of society, especially SC/ST women, needy and the poor under the aegis of “Free Legal Aid Society” in Delhi.
Kovind served as a member of the board of management of BR Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He also served as a member of the board of governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, he represented India in United Nations (New York) and addressed the UN General Assembly in October 2002, which very few has done so far.
He’s hailed as one of the prominent patrons of BJP party and being credited of grooming several leaders for the BJP and the RSS. Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is known for his proximity with Home Minister Rajnath Singh but has also been a hardcore supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation deeds.
Unknown Facts About Ram Nath Kovind:
- He had cleared the Civil services exam and got allied service which he didn’t take it up as he wished for IAS.
- Kovind donated his ancestral house in his native village in Kanpur as ‘Barat Ghar’ or community house to the village.
- Ram Nath Kovind served as a lawyer in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India for about 16 years
- Sources claim that he is one of the close aid of current central Home Minister Rajnath Singh
- Shri Ram Nath Kovind represented India in United Nations (New York) and addressed UN General Assembly in October 2002
- He Even Opposed and agitated upon his own NDA Govt for issuing orders that affected the interests of employees of the Scheduled Castes/Tribes.
- In 1977, before joining the BJP, Kovind worked as the private secretary of then prime minister Morarji Desai.
- If gets through, Kovind will be the 1st President from Uttar Pradesh- a state that has given 9 prime ministers as of now.