Indian President Droupadi Murmu: Did India Miss its Opportunity?

By Dr. Azam Gill, published in DIFFERENT TRUTHS

On 25 July 2022, Ms. Droupadi Murmu was sworn in as India’s second female and first Tribal President. “My election is evidence that the poor in India cannot just dream but also fulfil those dreams,” said President Murmu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi proclaimed the ceremony a “watershed moment for India, especially for the poor, marginalised and downtrodden.”
Although the ground reality of these lofty semantics will now come under critical scrutiny, India must be appreciated for electing yet another president from one of its diverse minorities. After all, by accepting secularism at Independence, Hindu-majority India bound itself to manage its diversity within a democratic framework, and has, overall, done …
…. But then these aren’t the only minority groups in India…..
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  1. Dear Mikael,

    Thank you for these links. Initially, I thought it was to your latest article! Oops.

    It’s interesting to find that Mrs Murmu comes from a minority tribal background, but also comes from that neglected majority: womankind! She doesn’t seem to be a pushover, either, putting her foot down as necessary, so let’s hope she manages to carry on in this manner.

    Although the tribal communities are not homogenous, they make up 8.6% of the population, whereas Christians make up 2.4%, etc. This is like comparing, for example, apples, pears, oranges etc with a bag of (non-homogenous) nuts. So, in actual fact Mrs Murmu comes from a much smaller minority than the 8.6%, which makes it much more incredible for her to become President – very well done, Mrs Murmu.

    I didn’t really know anything about the tribal regions, so I looked to see where they are located, and found that they cover a huge area across India.

    During my ‘research’, I also came across 3 areas of Rajasthan that were Jat princely states! Then there is Suraj Mal, called the Plato of the Jat people, another called him the Jat Odysseus because of his political sagacity, steady intellect and clear vision – we hope that Mrs Murmu is also blessed.

    One thing I’m not sure of is, which denomination are Pakistani Christians? Many denominations? (I was christened in the Church of England.)

    There’s much more to think about from the articles, and will continue my research!

    ….I won’t say goodbye, I’ll just say so long…

    Best wishes Carole


    1. Ta – not a repeat post. I’m running my published article on my blog as well and will do it wit the other articles as well. And I just finished my superb (even though self praise is no recommendation) Sheer Khurma after palaa and shami kebab!


      1. Thank you bro for clarification. You need to reach a reader once, then he will search and reach you.


    2. Once again, hats off to your research and linking.
      As regards Rajasthani jats, they’re at 11-12%.
      India’s ‘tribal’ president is the political decision of a democratically elected government.
      Christians in Pakistan represent most of the denominations in the world, with mainstream Catholics and protestants in more or less equal number making up the bulk of the community.


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