Low-caste Hindu leader Kovind sworn in as In­dia’s pres­i­dent

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

—AFP

NEW DELHI: In­dia’s new Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind waves from a horse-drawn car­riage dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Pres­i­den­tial Palace.

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