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School Remembers Teacher Droupadi Murmu As She Takes Oath At 1,400 Km. -by Ecork

Droupadi Murmu studied at a school in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha from 1994 to 1997.

Rairangpur, Odisha:

In the address of President Droupadi Murmu to the parliament after he was sworn in, a school in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha – more than 1,400 km away from the venue of the oath – found a special significance.

About 25 years ago, before his political career began, President Murmu was a teacher at the Sri Aurobindo Integral Education and Research Center in Rairangpur. He taught all the lessons at school from 1994 to 1997 and received no salary.

In 1997, he was elected the chairman of the Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat, beginning a political journey that would see him hold many administrative positions and pave the way to the country’s highest office.

As she was sworn in as the nation’s first tribal leader and second woman, there was excitement and pride in the school.

Ravindra Patnaik, president of the school board, said, “Her Excellency Madam President Droupadi Murmu taught here from 1994 to 1997 and her politics started from here.”

Mr Patnaik said that Droupadi Murmu did not receive a salary when she studied as a teacher and added that she was greatly influenced by the national philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa, known to her followers as Mother. “He always said that whatever he has become is because of the knowledge of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo,” he said.

Students at the school said they want President Murmu to visit the school again. “We heard his speech on TV. He mentioned our school,” a student told NDTV.

“We are very happy that you are the President now,” said another student.

Pramila Swain, the principal of the school, said that honesty and punctuality have been the motto of Droupadi Murmu’s life, including her time at the school. “He was very patient with the children. He would keep a box of chocolates on the school desk and give them to the students who answered the questions correctly,” said the principal.

The school is set to host its 150th anniversary celebrations and students and teachers hope Madam President will attend the event.

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