Who is India's first president from tribal community?

STORY: India swore in its first president from the tribal community

Here are four things you should know about Droupadi Murmu

1/ The 64-year-old was born into a family

of the Santhal tribe from the state of Odisha

She started her career as a school teacher

and actively participated in community issues

2/Murmu later joined Prime Minister Narenda Modi's political party

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

She served as a BJP state lawmaker in Odisha

before becoming governor of the eastern state of Jharkhand

3/ Her election is seen as the BJP's outreach to India's tribal communities

which comprise more than 8% of its 1.4 billion people

4/ The Indian president acts as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces

but the prime minister holds executive powers

The president has a key role during political crises

such as when a general election is inconclusive

by deciding which party is in the best position to form a government

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