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Smt. Droupadi Murmu

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Smt. Droupadi Murmu (born 20 June 1958) is an Indian politician serving as the 15th and current President of India since 25 July 2022. She is the first person belonging to the indigenous, scheduled tribe community (Santal) to be elected as the President of India. Prior to her presidency she served as the ninth Governor of Jharkhand between 2015 and 2021, and held various portfolios in the cabinet of Government of Odisha between 2000 to 2004.
 
Early career
From 1979 to 1983, Murmu worked as a junior assistant at the irrigation department of the Government of Odisha. She then worked as a teacher at the school Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Rairangpur and taught Hindi, Odia, Maths and Geography.
 
Presidency (2022–present)
She was the first person from India's indigenous designated tribal communities to be elected president. She is the youngest and first individual born after India's independence in 1947 to have been elected president. Murmu is only the second woman after Pratibha Patil to serve as the President of India.
 
Personal life
Droupadi Murmu was born to a Santali family on June 20, 1958, in the Baidaposi area of Rairangpur, Odisha. Her name given by her family was Puti Tudu. She was renamed by her school teacher to Droupadi. Her name was changed several times and she was also named Durpadi, Dorpdi in past Her father and grandfather were traditional heads of the village council. Murmu is an arts graduate of Rama Devi Women's College.
She married a banker in 1980 with whom she had two sons and a daughter. Her husband, two sons, mother, and a brother all died in a span of 7 years, from 2009 to 2015. She is a follower of the Brahma Kumaris spiritual movement.