Pratibha Patil

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Pratibha Devisingh Patil ( pronunciation (help·info)) (born 19 December 1934) is an Indian politician who served as the 12thPresident of India from 2007 to 2012; she was the first woman to hold the office. She was sworn in as President on 25 July 2007, succeeding Abdul Kalam, after defeating her rival Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. She retired from the office in July 2012. She was succeeded as President by Pranab Mukherjee.[1] Patil is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) and was nominated for the presidency by the governing United Progressive Alliance and Indian Left. Contents  [hide]  * 1 Early life * 2 Political career * 3 Presidential election * 3.1 Philanthropy * 3.2 Controversies * 4 Positions held * 5 References * 6 External links| -------------------------------------------------

[edit]Early life
Pratibha Devisingh Patil is the daughter of Narayan Rao Patil.[2] She was born on 19 December 1934 in the village of Nadgaon, in theJalgaon district of Maharashtra, India. She was educated initially at RR Vidyalaya, Jalgaon and subsequently was awarded a Masters degree in Political Science and Economics by Mooljee Jetha College, Jalgaon, and then a Bachelor of Law degree by Government Law College, Mumbai. Patil then began to practice law at the Jalgaon District Court, while also taking interest in social issues such as improving the conditions faced by Indian women.[3] Patil married Devisingh Ransingh Shekhawat on 7 July 1965. The couple have a son and a daughter.[2] -------------------------------------------------

[edit]Political career
The BBC has described Patil's political career prior to assuming Presidential office as "long and largely low-key".[4] In 1962, at the age of 27, she was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the Jalgaon[clarification needed] constituency. Thereafter she won in the Muktainagar (formerly Edlabad) constituency on four consecutive occasions between 1967 and 1985, before becoming...
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