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14 Things You've Gotta Know About Ram Nath Kovind, India's New President

Kovind is now the 14th elected president of India.

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10. Kovind has openly opposed granting reservation to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims.

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He said: “Their special interest is not in getting reservation in government jobs, they want Scheduled Caste category reservation for contesting elections from village Panchayats to the Lok Sabha ... The SCs would suffer from all angles in all fields. Moreover, it would further encourage conversion and fatally destroy the fabric of Indian society.”

11. As an MP, Kovind emphasised the development of basic infrastructure for education in rural areas, and helped in the construction of school buildings in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme.

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He has served as a member of several parliamentary committees, including the Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes and the Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment.

12. As an opposition MP, he raised questions about the issue of private, unaided educational institutions run by religious and linguistic minorities being exempt from reservations for SCs and STs.

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