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Thursday, February 3, 2011

First Women President of India

Pratibha Devisingh Patil is the 12th and current President of the Republic of India and first woman to hold the office. Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil was born on December 19, 1934 in Nadgaon village of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra. 

Immediately prior to  election as the President of India, Smt. Patil  was the Governor of Rajasthan from November 8, 2004 till June 21, 2007.

Pratibha Patil started her professional career as a practicing lawyer at the Jalgaon District Court and worked on various social activities, especially, for the upliftment of poor women.

Mrs Pratibha Patil has been nominated by the congress for the president post of India by the ruling congress party and the UPA. This is a great move in the history of India to place a woman as the president of India.

Her longtime association with the Gandhi family made her a favourite of Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi, and Patil’s name was brought forward as a candidate for the largely ceremonial role of president in 2007. While previous candidates had been struck down by partners in Congress’s coalition government, Patil’s status as a relative unknown worked to her advantage, and she took office on July 25, 2007.

Her Family: 

Her Father is Mr.Narayan Paglu Rao. Smt. Patil is married to Dr.  Devisingh Ramsingh Shekhawat.Dr. Shekhawat obtained his Ph.D. in the discipline of Chemistry from Haffkine Institute, Mumbai  An educationist and a social worker in his own right,  he became the first Mayor of Amravati Municipal Corporation and he has also represented Amravati constituency as its MLA.  
She has two children, a daughter, Smt. Jyoti Rathore and a son, Shri Rajendra Singh.Four GrandSons and Four GrandDaughters.

Her Words:

" I am deeply committed to the cause of education and would like to see every person, man and woman, boy and girl, be touched by the light of modern education. Empowerment of women is particularly important to me as I believe this leads to the empowerment of the nation"

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