Droupadi Murmu President

Lawmakers chose India’s first president from the country’s tribal communities on Thursday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party among marginalized groups ahead of the 2024 general election.

Droupadi Murmu, a 64-year-old former teacher who became a politician, will be the second woman to be head of the...

On Monday, more than 4,500 state and federal lawmakers voted in the election for president. The votes were counted on...

Murmu was sure to win because Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules both federal and state politics, was behind her.

“A daughter of India hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of eastern India has been elected our President!” Modi said on Twitter. 

Murmu was born into a family of the Santhal tribe in the state of Odisha. She began her career as a school teacher and was...

She later joined mainstream politics and was a BJP state lawmaker in Odisha before becoming governor of the eastern state...

Her election is seen as a way for the BJP to reach out to India’s tribal people, who make up more than 8% of the country’s 1.4 billion...

Murmu won nearly twice as many votes as the opposition candidate, Yashwant Sinha, who used to be a BJP finance minister...