Low-caste Hindu leader Kovind sworn in as India’s president
NEW DELHI: Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as India’s president yesterday, becoming just the second leader from the oppressed Dalit community to be elected head of state. A former lawyer and state governor, Kovind was elected to the largely ceremonial position last week with more than 65 percent of the vote by members of India’s parliament and state assemblies. Kovind, accompanied by his wife, paid respects early yesterday at a memorial dedicated to India’s independence hero Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi. The 71year-old was nominated by the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party in a move analysts say would help Modi tighten his grip on power ahead of his re-election bid in 2019.
NEW DELHI: India’s new President Ram Nath Kovind waves from a horse-drawn carriage during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace.