Pratibha Patil is Sworn in as India's First Woman President

Smt. Patil assumed office as the 12th President of India on July 25, 2007. She is the first woman to have been elected to this august office.

India's first female president was sworn in on Wednesday, after a vitriolic campaign which undermined the symbolism of the appointment and raised doubts about Pratibha Patil's suitability for the ceremonial role.

The 72-year-old Patil, dressed in a white and green saree draped over her head, took the oath of office inside parliament's packed and ornate central hall, promising to uphold the constitution and devote herself to the people of India.

She then received a 21-gun salute.

Today India Stands at the threshold of a new era of progress. We must make sure that every section of society, particularly the weak and disadvantaged, are equal partners and beneficiaries in the development process.”

— Pratibha Patil

Smt. Patil assumed office as the 12th President of India on July 25, 2007. She is the first woman to have been elected to this august office.

Pratibha Devisingh Patil is the 12th and current President of the Republic of India and first woman to hold the office. However, she is also the first President of India who has been surrounded by so many controversies, viz. accusations of bank fraud, loan fraud, misuse of public office, and drug trafficking (in the disguise of sugar mill), amongst other accusations. With these accusations still pending against her, she was sworn in as President of India on 25 July 2007, succeeding Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.