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Savita Kovind
Kovind in 2018
First Lady of India
Assumed role
25 July 2017
PresidentRam Nath Kovind
Preceded bySuvra Mukherjee
First Lady of Bihar
In role
16 August 2015 – 20 June 2017
GovernorRam Nath Kovind
Preceded bySudha Tripathi
Succeeded bySudha Tripathi
Personal details
Born (1952-04-15) 15 April 1952 (age 69)
Political partynon affiliated
Spouse(s)
(m. 1974)
Children2
ResidenceRashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi

Savita Kovind (born 15 April 1952) is an Indian government servant and has been the First Lady of India since 25 July 2017. She is the wife of the 14th and current President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. She was Chief Section Supervisor in Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited before retiring in 2005.

Early life

Savita Kovind was born on 15 April 1952.[1] Her parents originally lived near Lahore in present-day Pakistan and moved to India post partition and settled in Lajpat Nagar in Delhi. She is a former employee in Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). She started her career in MTNL as a telephone operator. Gradually she got promoted to the post of Chief Section Supervisor. But in 2005, she took a voluntary retirement.[2]

Personal life

Savita Devi married Ram Nath Kovind on 30 May 1974. They have two children, son Prashant Kumar Kovind and daughter Swati Kovind, as well as grandchildren. Her daughter Swati is a former Air Hostess employed in Air India.[2]

First Lady of Bihar (2015 - 2017)

Savita Devi served as the First Lady of Bihar from 16 August 2015 to 20 June 2017 during Ramnath Kovind's Governorship. First Lady of Bihar isn't an official post rather it is a role to be served. She was succeeded by her predecessor Sudha Tripati after her husband's elevation to the Presidency assuming the role of First Lady of India.

First Lady of India (2017 - present)

Kovind with her husband (center) Ziroatkhon Hoshimova (far-left), Shavkat Mirziyoyev (center-left), Ram Nath Kovind, and Narendra Modi (far-right).
Kovind with her husband (center) Ziroatkhon Hoshimova (far-left), Shavkat Mirziyoyev (center-left), Ram Nath Kovind, and Narendra Modi (far-right).
First Lady Kovind with President Ram Nath Kovind host a state dinner for Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
First Lady Kovind with President Ram Nath Kovind host a state dinner for Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Kovind assumed the role of First Lady of India on 25 July 2017 after nearly 2 years of vacancy since the former first lady died in office. India's first spouses act as the official hosts of Rashtrapati Bhavan.[3]

Savita Kovind with her spouse Ram Nath Kovind
Savita Kovind with her spouse Ram Nath Kovind

Social work

During the COVID-19 pandemic in India, Kovind stitched face masks to be distributed at numerous shelter homes in New Delhi.[4]

References

  1. ^ "രാജ്യത്തിനായി മാസ്ക് തുന്നി പ്രഥമ വനിത; രാഷ്ട്രപതി ഭവനും പ്രതിരോധം തുന്നുമ്പോൾ" [First lady sews mask for country; When the Rashtrapati Bhavan also puts up a defense]. Manora (in Malayalam). 24 April 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "जानिए, क्या काम करते हैं रामनाथ कोविंद के बेटे और बहू". hindi.oneindia.com (in Hindi). Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Savita Kovind enters Rashtrapati Bhavan, but India's First Ladies are yet to make a mark". The Indian Express. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  4. ^ "First Lady Savita Kovind stitches face masks for Delhi shelter homes. Viral photo". India Today. 23 April 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2020.

See also

Honorary titles Preceded bySudha Tripathi First Lady of Bihar 2015–2017 Succeeded bySudha Tripathi VacantTitle last held bySuvra Mukherjee First Lady of India 2017–present Incumbent