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Why July 25 has a unique significance for the presidents of India?

Droupadi Murmu succeeded Ram Nath Kovind takes the oath of office as India’s fifteenth president.

Droupadi Murmu will become the eighth president to be sworn in on July 25 in a succession since 1977 when she takes the oath of office as India’s president on Monday. Murmu will succeed Ram Nath Kovind, who gave his farewell speech to the nation today and mentioned his native village while honouring his schoolteacher.

Intricate festivities will accompany Droupadi Murmu’s swearing-in as India’s first tribal woman president in the Central Hall of the Parliament. The president-elect would switch places with outgoing Kovind to become India’s 15th president.

July 25 is the day that the presidents of India take the oath of office.

Records dating back to 1977 reveal that every president elected by the traditional procedure took the oath of office on July 25 even though there is no statute requiring so.

The exceptions to this trend were India’s first president, Rajendra Prasad, and his succeeding Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Zakir Hussain, and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.

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When India became a republic on January 26, 1950, Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office. He went on to win the second presidential election after winning the first one in 1952.

On May 13, 1962, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan became the president and held it till May 13, 1967. Midterm elections were held as a result of the death of two presidents after him, Zakir Husain and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, who were unable to complete their mandates due to their inability to do so.

India’s sixth president, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, took the oath of office on July 25, 1977.

Since that time, other presidents—including Giani Zail Singh, R Venkataraman, Shankar Dayal Sharma, K R Narayanan, A P J Abdul Kalam, Pratibha Patil, Pranab Mukherjee, and Ram Nath Kovind—have taken the oath on the same day.

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