Pratibha DeviSingh Patil: First woman President of India
Pratibha Patil the Hon'ble President of India is known for his straightforwardness simplicity and faithfulness to Gandhian values. Pratibha Patil, was born on 19th Dec 1934 in Nadgaon village of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra.
Personal Details of Pratibha Patil
Full Name: Pratibha Devisingh Patil
Date of Birth: 19 Dec, 1934
Birth Place: Nandgaon, Mumbai. Maharashtra
Family Details of Pratibha Patil
Father: Sri Narayan Rao
Husband: Sh. Devisingh Ransingh Shekhawat
Marriage date: 7th July, 1965
Children: One daughter Jyoti Rathore and a son Rajendra Shekhawat
Educational Qualifications: M.A., LL.B.Educated at M.J. College, Jalgaon (Maharashtra) & Govt. Law College, Bombay
She has practiced as Advocate at Jalgaon.
About her Nature
Pratibha Patil believes in Austerity and does not believe in flamboyance and extravagance and wasteful expenses. She is also liked by people because she meets them directly at regular interval to know their anguish and grievances. She is Vegetarian and her favourite food is Utthapam and Dal but avoids spinach and potatoes.
In college days she excelled in table tennis, winning various inter-college tournaments and in 1962, Pratibha Patil was voted "College Queen" of M.J. College.
Political Profile and Career of Pratibha Patil
Beginning of Politics:
At a very young age Pratibha Patil got inclined to serve the nation and joined active politics and social service. Pratibha Patil serves as Deputy Minister, N.H.E.A.,Scav, Public Health, Prohibition, Tourism, Housing & Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Maharashtra during 1967-1972. She becomes Cabinet Minister in Govt. of Maharashtra in between 1972-1978. She leads the opposition from July 1979 to February 1980 in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. She becomes Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha from 18 November 1986 to 5 November 1988.
As Governor in Rajasthan:
In November 2004, eight years after she had completed her term in the 10th Lok Sabha, Pratibha Patil was recalled from political hibernation to become the first woman Governor of Rajasthan. As a Governor of Rajasthan she opposed the Rajasthan government's controversial anti-conversion bill. With Pratibha Patil as Governor, Rajasthan had women in three significant positions of power in the state, including Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Assembly Speaker Sumitra Singh.
Become President of India:
On 14th June, United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the ruling alliance of political parties in India headed by Congress (I), and the Indian left nominated her as their candidate for the Presidential Election to be held on 19 July 2007. As a result of the potential that she would become the first female President of India, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi described her nomination as a "historic occasion" in India's 60th year of independence.
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