Droupadi Murmu is the country’s first tribal, second woman, and most recent president with a teaching background. Her dedication to education has been the one constant during her long, arduous journey from a rural town in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj to the highest office in the nation.
Many are aware that Droupadi Mumru was a teacher before joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1997. She was an assistant professor at the Shri Aurobindo Integral Education and Research Institute, Rairangpur, and a junior assistant at the irrigation department, Government of Odisha. But few people are aware that the name of the first tribal president of India, which was inspired by a figure from the Mahabharata epic, was given to her by her schoolteacher.
She revealed that a teacher at school changed her Santhali name Puti to Droupadi during an interview with an Odia video magazine some time ago. She said, “Droupadi was not my original name. My teacher, who was not from my own district of Mayurbhanj, gave it to me. ” Having excelled in school, Murmu eventually became the first graduate of the tribal community that her father, Biranchi Tudu, and grandfather, Narayan Tudu, had ruled as “Sardars” (head-men).
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Her first job out of college was not teaching, it was a clerical position with the Odisha government and she worked there for a number of years. In the meantime, she married Shyam Charan Murmu, a Bank of India employee who lived in Pahadpur, a town that is about 10 kilometres from Uparbeda. However, Murmu soon left her government position to take care of the family and began working as an honorary assistant professor at Sri Aurobindo Integral & Educational Research in Rairangpur. She taught all subjects at the school from 1994 to 1997 and took no salary.
Murmu later transformed her Pahadpur home into a residential school for underprivileged students in 2016, while she was the governor of Jharkhand, offering free housing and education up to Class X. She gave 4.5 acres of her property to the SLS Residential School, which is presently managed by a trust under the direction of her daughter Itishree. SLS is an acronym for her late husband Shyam Charan and her sons Laxman and Sipun, whom she lost in quick succession.
After seeing how firmly committed she is to education, do you want to know what kind of teacher she was? Murmu taught 37-year-old engineer Abhisek Das from nursery to Class II, and he recalls her as someone who would always be in the class well before the pupils arrived at school. He said, “She would keep candies on her table as a reward for kids who gave the proper answers, kept the peace, and arrived on time. We thought of her as our mother. ”
Initially, as a student and later as a teacher, Murmu excelled in the classroom. In order to further her education beyond the middle class, where studying was the last thing a tribal girl was expected to do, she flew the coop at the age of 13 to reach what was then “faraway” Bhubaneswar. She was an exceptional teacher who was adored as a mother figure. She is now an inspiration to the nation. Many people now look up to her and her life.