2 October 2022

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As Droupadi Murmu  swore as the first tribal President of India, students of the Orissa school where she studied planted 300 trees

People broke into spontaneous song and dance to commemorate the oath-taking of the region's most renowned woman in her hometown of......

In Uparbeda upper primary school, where Droupadi Murmu studied from Classes 1 to 7, students and instructors planted 300 trees, including Ashoka, Deodar, and Aamla, where students are responsible for at least one tree each.

Ankur Chatterjee: As Droupadi Murmu took the oath of office as the 15th President of India on Monday morning with the word ‘Johar’ (Santhali for welcome) and spoke about environmental protection, students and teachers from the school where she spent seven years planted 300 saplings to commemorate the historic occasion.

Murmu, who was dressed in a Jhal saree, which’s a traditional Santhali garment worn by ladies on auspicious occasions, said she realized the value of forests and water bodies in her life. “I was born into a tribal heritage that has for thousands of years lived in peace with nature. I’ve realised the value of forests and bodies of water in my life. We take required resources from nature and serve nature with equal regard,” she added, reminiscing her rise from ward councillor to President of India.

Students and instructors at Uparbeda upper primary school, where she studied from Class 1 to Class 7, planted 300 trees, including Ashoka, Deodar, and Aamla, where each student will look after at least one tree.

“We believed there could be no better way to commemorate Droupadi Murmu’s inauguration than to plant trees that will serve as a memento of the historic occasion. The children swore an oath to protect the trees,” explained headmaster Manoranjan Murmu.

Children returned to school after sweets were distributed to them. Earlier in the day, village residents enjoyed Santhali dances and music elsewhere in their village before witnessing her oath-taking.

Three LCD screens were set up in her in-law’s village of Pahadpur, where Murmu operates the SLS tribal residential school in memory of her slain husband and two sons, allowing the children to witness the oath-taking live. During the celebration, students received candy and the community enjoyed music.

People broke into spontaneous song and dance to commemorate the oath-taking of the region’s most renowned woman in her hometown of Rairangpur, which was swamped with her posters. People were handed out laddoos. To commemorate the occasion, tribals in her maternal uncle’s hamlet of Dumuria drank Handia, a traditional beer.

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