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Glorifying Indian democracy

By Dr. Alok Chakrawal
Updated: August 1, 2022 5:12 pm

Mrs. Draupadi Murmu, being a woman from a rural, poor, tribal family, represents India’s most disadvantaged community. Her elevation to the highest office of India is a symbol of touching the maturity of Indian democracy under the leadership of the Prime Minister of the country, Shri Narendra Modi and the Central Government. If we analyze the life journey of Mrs. Draupadi Murmu carefully, then it is clear that she has not only a clear determination of life goals but she is also an ideal tribal personality to emerge as a winner after facing with courage all the challenges that come in the way of goals.

As the head of an educational institution, for me Mrs. Draupadi Murmu is a true role model for teachers, students, and youth. In such a time when we are going to implement the National Education Policy 2020 in its entirety in which social concerns are at the center, our newly elected President Mrs. Murmu’s dedication towards social concerns and betterment of the community will be an inspiration. Mrs. Draupadi Murmu represents the tribal community. As such, her rise to the highest position shows the commitment of the government to foster tribal culture as well as good values as a top priority.

Draupadi Murmu becoming the President is important not only for India but for the whole world. She will not only inspire hundreds of countries of the world facing the challenges of climate change to create new models of development by establishing a synergy with nature, but will also make them more sensitive towards tribal pride and culture.

She will represent, all over the world, 140 crore people of the Republic of India which is becoming self-reliant with everyone’s efforts, It is a living example of intact and rich ancient culture, our glorious history and splendid tradition that Mrs. Draupadi Murmu, originally from forest dwelling background, will hoist the flag of India’s pride all over the world. This is the first time that both the President and the Prime Minister of the country are strong personalities born after independence. President Smt. Draupadi Murmu enhanced national pride by carrying out the responsibilities as the first woman governor of present-day Jharkhand, the land of tribal leader Bhagwan Birsa Munda.

The home of the country’s first tribal woman President, Mrs. Draupadi Murmu, is located in the remotest part of Odisha, about 2000 km from Delhi. From clean roads, drinking water pipelines to everyone’s homes, bank accounts astonishing everyone with the digital revolution, and all the other arrangements establish the saga of development of Mrs. Murmu’s determination in her journey from councilor to the President.

Mrs. Murmu started her political career when the country was celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Independence. And today when the country is celebrating the 75th anniversary of independence as the ‘Amrit Mahotsava’ festival of independence, then she is making us all proud as the newly elected President of the country.

Momentous tragedies attempted to break down Mrs Murmu, who has the zeal to face all the challenges of the tribal area, but as a result of her positivity towards life and strong determination, she set an ideal in front of all women. Despite all the tempests in her life, she refined her personality and presented herself as an ideal.

The loving nature and the spirit of sacrifice have created for her an identity different from her contemporaries with the tribal society. With a sense of detachment in life and unconcerned about future needs, she donated the land of her in-laws to an educational institution after the death of her husband and sons. At present, along with hostels for the students, educational institutions are being run in the name of SLS School on this land.

Mrs. Draupadi Murmu is an ideal figure in contemporary politics who adopted politics as a medium of social service and philanthropy and not to gain power and position. She has followed the path of highest political correctness and values throughout her political life. This is the reason that when she became the President, her political opponents also paid respect to her.

Mrs. Draupadi Murmu, who hails from a Santhal tribal family, was awarded the Neelkanth Award for the best MLA of the year by the Odisha Legislative Assembly in the year 2007. At that time, she had the responsibility of handling the ministries like transport, commerce, fisheries and animal husbandry in the Odisha government. Smt. Murmu, a two-time Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Rairangpur seat, was once a minister in the BJD-BJP alliance in Odisha.

The political and social life of Mrs. Draupadi Murmu automatically translates to that utterance of Ramcharit Manas, composed by Goswami Tulidas, which talks about dedication to one’s duties untiringly. Every moment of her life has been dedicated to the development of villages and the poor. The breadth of their development model and approach can be gauged from the fact that she provided the basic facilities under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, toilets, other benefits of government schemes viz water, electricity, roads, schools, health facilities and even those of the modern society, be it digitization of the village or banking facilities for financial inclusion, the entire network has been established for the village and the poor.

This is a historic effort to express faith and respect for tribal pride and identity in the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. Through this, the efforts of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji to create a New India of dreams will get a new impetus because Smt. Draupadi Murmu, who started her public life as a teacher, has reached the highest post of India and her becoming the President is not only her personal success but a victory of Indian democratic traditions. This will not only be a new chapter in her life, but will also be a new, confident new chapter in the lives of all those sections of the underprivileged to whom Mrs. Murmu has been devoted throughout her life. It will also be an opportunity for the entire global community to understand and imbibe the Indian ancient knowledge tradition, glorious history and rich culture and come together to solve the problem of climate change. And most importantly, taking inspiration from the life of Mrs. Draupadi Murmu ji, this will also be a moment for the people of India to be determined to rededicate themselves to social service and nation building.


By Dr. Alok Chakrawal
(The writer is Vice-Chancellor, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh)

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