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Meira Kumar, Opposition presidential nominee, a diplomat-turned-politician

A diplomat-turned-politician and Congress’ Dalit face, Opposition’s Presidential candidate Meira Kumar had a steady rise in echelons of power since she made her electoral debut in the mid-eighties. Daughter of former deputy prime minister late Jagjivan Ram, Kumar, 72, was also the first woman to occupy the high office of the Lok Sabha Speaker between 2009 and 2014 during the UPA-II rule. The career of Kumar, who is soft-spoken, in the rough and tumble of politics began when she quit her cushy Indian Foreign Service(IFS) job and decided to fight…

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