All you need to know about SC/ST rights crusader
A modest man, Ram Nath Kovind is the tallest Dalit face in the BJP. He was former president of the BJP Dalit Morcha and was the president of All-India Kori Samaj. Kovind, who is Kori (Dalit) by caste, has climbed the ladder of success through his hard work.
An LLB from Kanpur, he practiced in the Delhi High Court and then shifted to the Supreme Court and was Government’s Standing Counsel for 13 years from 1980. He practiced law in the SC for 16 years. A known crusader, who had raised voice for SCs, STs and OBCs, took a lead in providing free legal aid to weaker section, especially SC/ST women.
Kovind, a national spokesman of the BJP, was appointed Bihar Governor on August 8, 2015. Though he lost direct elections, he was member of the Rajya Sabha for two terms from 1994 to 2006. In 2017, he contested assembly election from Bhognipur in Kanpur but lost. As Rajya Sabha member, he was member of Parliamentary Committees on welfare of scheduled castes/tribes, the Parliam-entary panel on social justice and empowerment, and the committee on law and justice.
He has also represented India in the United Nations and addressed the UN General Assembly in October, 2002. As a Member of Parliament, Kovind had visited Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the USA.
Kovind joined an agitation by SC/ST employees when in 1997 certain orders were issued by the Centre which adversely affected their interests. These orders were later declared null and void after the passage of three amendments in the Constitution during the rule of the first NDA Government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Kovind is also known for his work in the field of education. He has served as member on the board of management of the Dr BR Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He was also a member of the board of governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
As an MP, Kovind emphasised on the development of basic infrastructure for education in rural areas and helped in construction of school buildings under the MPLAD scheme.
Kovind was born on October 1, 1945 at Kanpur (rural) in Uttar Pradesh. He was married to Savita in 1974 and the couple has a son and a daughter.
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