Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sworn In for Second Term as President of India

Dr. Rajendra Prasad took oath for his second term as President of India in a ceremony at Parliament House, accompanied by Vice-President Dr. Radhakrishnan. The 10-minute ceremony was attended by dignitaries and marked by military honors, including a 31-gun salute.

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Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sworn In for Second Term as President of India

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sworn In for Second Term as President of India

Dr. Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office for his second term as President of India today in a ceremony at the Central Hall of Parliament House in New Delhi. Accompanied by Vice-President Dr. Radhakrishnan, Dr. Prasad was sworn in by the Chief Justice of India in Hindi.

Why this matters: This event marks a significant milestone in India's journey as a republic, with Dr. Prasad's re-election ensuring continuity and stability in the country'sleadership. His second term is likely to have a profound impact on India's domestic and foreign policies, shaping the country's trajectory in the years to come.

The ceremony began at 8:31 a.m. with a 31-gun salute by the Army and a simultaneous 31-gun salute by ships of the Indian Naval Flotilla in Bombay. Dr. Prasad took the presidential oath in Hindi, pledging: "I Dr Rajendra Prasad, do swear in the name of God that I will faithfully execute the office of President of India and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the law and that I will devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of India."

Vice-President Dr. Radhakrishnan was then sworn in by the President in English, taking the following oath: "I, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, do swear in the name of God that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established and that I will faithfully discharge the duty upon which I am about to enter." The ten-minute ceremony was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, Union Ministers, members of Parliament, and other invitees.

Prior to the swearing-in, President Prasad visited Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi and participated in a 20-minute public prayer. He arrived at Parliament House at 8:26 a.m., escorted by the Body Guard, and was received by the Vice-President. Over 2,000 officers and men of the three Services lined the route in ceremonial uniform, presenting arms as the President's procession passed.

The three Service Chiefs - Gen. Thimayya, Rear-Adm. A. Chakraverti, and Air Marshal Mukerjee - conveyed congratulatory messages to Dr. Prasad on his re-election, pledging their continued loyalty and allegiance. The President also received messages of congratulations from various countries, including Czechoslovakia, Syria, Poland, and France.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad, who played a key role in India's struggle for independence, first assumed office as the President in 1950. His second term will run for five years. The swearing-in ceremony, steeped in tradition and marked by military honors, ushers in a new chapter under his experienced leadership as India continues its journey as a republic.

Key Takeaways

  • Dr. Rajendra Prasad takes oath for 2nd term as President of India.
  • Ceremony held at Central Hall of Parliament House in New Delhi.
  • Prasad sworn in by Chief Justice of India in Hindi.
  • Vice-President Dr. Radhakrishnan also sworn in by President.
  • Prasad's 2nd term to run for 5 years, ensuring continuity and stability.